Are we now less kind?
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