Being and Doing – 14 April – Responsibility of Love
It is very good for strength
To know that someone needs you to be strong.
E. B. BROWNING
I KNOW not a more serious thing than the responsibility incurred by all human affection. Only think of this: whoever loves you is growing like you. Neither he nor you can hinder it, save at the cost of alienation. Oh! if you are grateful but for one creature’s love, rise to the height of so pure a blessing, drag them not down by the very embrace with which they cling to you, but through their gentleness secure their consecration.
As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,
So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.
GOOD, the more
Communicated, more abundant grows.
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.