The English spiritual writer, Caryll Houselander, wrote a letter in 1945 to a young friend who had married and settled abroad:

I saw two bent and broken people in Brompton Road years ago, both a bit helpless, but getting along quite well by leaning on one another. I thought then: “There goes poor human nature! When we try to stand alone in our poor twisted weak state we are bound to come a cropper (to crash). But when our very infirmity makes us humbly loving to one another and we lean on each other for mutual support, then we can get along and even get home!”

I have never forgotten that moving couple; strange, isn’t it, how from someone that we pass once in the street we can learn something that remains with us for strength or comfort all our life long?

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