Are we now less kind?

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

I WAS read­ing to­day of a hymn writer, Joseph Medi­cott Scriven (1819-86), who wrote the hymn ‘What a friend we have in Je­sus.’

It stated it is fit­ting that the writer of this hymn, that states God’s con­so­la­tion in time of hard­ship and dis­tress, had a life of tragedy and suf­fer­ing him­self.

It stated he was de­vout and phil­an­thropic, and ded­i­cated him­self to work­ing for the poor and des­ti­tute while earn­ing his liv­ing as a tu­tor.

A prac­ti­cal Chris­tian, he was ap­par­ently known as the man who saved wood for poor wid­ows and sick peo­ple who were un­able to pay.

Read­ing this caused me to think that per­haps then, there was more kind­ness among peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly when we hear these days of more and more home­less peo­ple dy­ing on the streets. M Smith, Mid­dle­ton

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