George H. Morrison
Of the meeting-places between rich and poor, the earliest is the cradle. In happy childhood when heaven lies about us, social distinctions are unknown. Between two men a great gulf may be set in the separations of society. One may wear the coronet of rank and the other be a humble laborer. And yet when they were children long ago, perhaps not even Jonathan and David were more trusty friends than were these little souls. They played together, built forts together, fought together, and were supremely happy. They were one in community of interests not less than in comradeship of hearts. And the rich and the poor met together there, for the Lord was the maker of them all.
Again, one remembers how they meet in the possession of a common nature. In the deep places of our human hearts there are touches of nature that make the whole world kin. Rich Joseph falls upon dead Jacob's face in the bitter sorrow of a father's passing (Gen. 50:1). King David, brokenhearted, cries, "Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son!" (2 Sam. 18:33). Yet open the door of the poorest home in Britain, where the chair is empty and the coffin full, and there is the same sad music of humanity. I should expect the rich to be enamored of life, for on them life has lavished of its best. But the very poor, herded in the slum-would you reckon that they could be enamored so? Yet the passion for life burns with as keen a flame in the destitute as in the opulent, and in these elemental things we are akin. Does love only enter at the castle gates? Does it never look in of a morning at the cottage window? Is memory the possession of a class? Is imagination to be bought in markets? God breaks our social distinctions down in the impartial scattering of gifts like these, and the rich and poor meet together there.
Again one notes, with ever-deepening wonder, how they meet together at the feet of Christ. That is so written on the gospel story tha ...
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