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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, January 22, 2003
    On being helped
    In today's assembly I went on about how we're constantly being helped by people; often without realising it, often by people who don't know they're being helpful or possibly don't even want to be... and how all of that is an encouragement to us that we are helpful people, too. Thought that'd be a reasonable antidote to the "you must be helpful or else" type messages which the young people must hear repeatedly when that's the theme.

    So I was helped a lot today, perhaps most, massively by two young guys, strangers, who rang my doorbell this afternoon to tell me I'd left my keys hanging in the lock. How generous of them to do that. What a shock/relief it was to be in that situation. How different it might have been.