Thursday, March 16, 2006

CARE WITH RESPECT

DIGNITY AMID NEED. In her book Making Room (Eerdmans, 1999), Christine D. Pohl makes a good point about combining care and respect, “seeing the dignity as well as the need of the person” to whom we offer hospitality. Pohl quotes Methodist founder John Wesley regarding sensitivity to those asking for help:

YOURSELF IN ANOTHER’S PLACE. “If you cannot relieve, do not grieve, the poor. Give them soft words, if nothing else. Abstain from either sour looks or harsh words. Let them be glad to come, even though they should go empty away. Put yourselves in the place of every poor man; and deal with him as you would God should deal with you”

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