Being and Doing – 29 April – Sympathy
SHE never found fault with you, never implied
Your wrong by her right; and yet men at her side
Grew nobler, girls purer, as through the whole town
The children were gladder that pulled at her gown.
E. B. BROWNING
PITIFUL she was
To all who suffered, measuring loss and woe
By the large measure of her own deep heart,
And by the vastness of its treasure. Thus,
Even through joy, she knew the secret pang
Of sorrow: and through riches – poverty,
And loss by gain.
IT seems to me it is the same with love and happiness as with sorrow the more we know of it the better we can feel what other people’s lives are or might be, and so we shall only be more tender to them and wishful to help them.
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.