Friday, August 1, 2008

William Booth and the Undeserving Poor

I look forward to the time when I will never again hear arguments about the 'deserving' and 'undeserving' poor. Unfortunately variations upon this theme continue to pop up from time to time - and this week was no exception. Let's pause to consider the words of William Booth for a moment:
Brought it all on themselves do you say? Perhaps so, but that does not excuse our assisting them. You don't demand a certificate of virtue before you drag the drowning creature out of the water, nor the assurance that a man has paid his rent before you deliver him from the burning building.
May this serve as a reminder of the unconditional love which comes to us and which we receive as grace. May we be ready to pass on such love and grace in compassionate response to people in need.

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