Tag Archives: prejudice

Rails East: Burger Off the Hoof


Omaha, Nebraska: “Before crossing the Missouri River, we had time to eat lunch. A man from the Omaha tribe who had experienced prejudice in the community sold burgers near the station. He slow-cooked a meatless burger made of oats, onions and potatoes over a hot bed of coals—his way of heaping coals of fire on those that taunted him. Served with fresh lettuce, garden-ripe tomatoes and melted cheese, the savory burger brought him plenty of business. He wouldn’t share his recipe, but I bought one of the hand-made belts he sold in his restaurant.”

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”
Romans 12:20 KJV

Room at the Inn

room at the inn

“I heard the laundry wagon creak past. I thought I heard someone whisper “Whoa!” Tonight, whole and healthy, I’d have heard the loud yell it was. June’s uncle gently laid me on his clean laundry. Folks, I hardly felt the rocky path to Agate Beach! Mr. Yang’s kindness got me thinking ‘bout so many people I’d done wrong. Under his care, the fever left, but I spent several restless nights pondering what would enable someone to act kindly to a mean man like me.”

“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.”
Luke 10:33-35 KJV

Hard Hearts

help needed

“In a feverish state, I recognized the sheriff ride past. Later, the travelling parson prodded me with his boot, then left.”

“And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.”
Luke 10:31, 32 KJV

Neighbors, Thieves

who is my neighbor?

“I was travelling along the coast towards Agate Beach after a profitable deal, and two trail thugs attacked me. They stole my horse and left me for dead,” Frederic Bucannon started his conversion story one evening at the Friday beach vespers led by Sam and Harriet.

“But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”
Luke 10:29, 30 KJV