Being and Doing – 10 April – Our Neighbour
WHAT is meant by our neighbour we cannot doubt; it is everyone with whom we are brought into contact. First of all, he is literally our neighbour who is next to us in our own family and household; husband to wife, wife to husband, parent to child, brother to sister, master to servant, servant to master. Then it is he who is close to us in our own neighbourhood, in our own town, in our own parish, in our own street. With these all true charity begins. To love and be kind to these is the very beginning of all true religion. But, besides these, as our Lord teaches, it is everyone who is thrown across our path by the changes and chances of life, he or she, whosoever it be, whom we have any means of helping,-the unfortunate stranger whom we may meet in travelling, the deserted friend whom no one else cares to look after.
To cultivate kindness is a great part of the business of life.
These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.
Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.
Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.
For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith. I hope they will encourage others also.