Monday, 8 July 2013
I have been reading Elizabeth Fry's biography by Emma Raymond Pitman:
Her image on the £5 note is going to be replaced with Winston Churchills in 2016
Not that it would have bothered her.
I think she would be very sad about the way things have panned out in this day and age. She would be shocked at how hardened peoples hearts have become. She might have looked at these days and thought how little difference she had made. Thats why it would be a bad thing to see into the future, we can only live in our own age, and work to make a difference in our own era, its God alone who can see the big picture. She did her best, and that's all we can do, any of us. We anti child abuse campaigners get very downcast and feel impotent at times, but what we are doing is important, just as what Elizabeth Fry did was. If it had not been for that lady there are people alive today who simply would not have been born, its thanks to her and other heart torn reformers that the hanging of people, even children, for stealing out of starvation was stopped.
I like the photo of her work basket, it's something she probably used every day, because ladies in those days liked to keep their hands busy, "The devil makes work for idle hands". It's funny to think that the hands that busied themselves with that little work basket held such an important role in the prison reform movement.
The sad thing is that the world has turned its back on this lady and others similarly inspired. Dear Jesus, please help this country to repent.