7:30 a.m., Dec. 3)
Commentary: But for the grace of God
By Fred Sherwin
complete phrase is There but for the grace of God
go I. Its an old English idiom describing
ones good fortune at not suffering the same misfortune
of others. Fortune being the operative word.
position at any one point in our lives is more often determined
by fortune than any other factor.
difference between those who have plenty and those who
dont, often comes down to a simple twist of fate,
and bad fortune can strike at any time and often when
you least expect it, or can least afford it.
many cases, the only thing that separates the family that
needs to use the local food bank and you is a layoff notice,
some bad news from your doctor, or an untimely accident.
Not everyone has a gold-plated medical plan. Many people
have no medical insurance at all. Others are barely able
to keep up with their bills, so that when misfortune strikes
in the form of a job loss, they are plunged into financial
distress even if theyre able to collect employment
is always important to remind ourselves that there is
a fine line between have and have not, and that what side
of the line were on can often be determined by sheer
once met a woman who was forced to turn to a social service
agency to get Christmas presents for her kids. Her husband
had left her and their three children, including their
15-year old autistic son, for another women. He cut them
off entirely and she was left trying to make the mortgage
payment on their $450,000 Fallingbrook home, along with
all the utility bills, the groceries and the car payment.
It was more than she could handle.
Orléans couple in their 50s got layed off from
their federal government jobs within six weeks of each
other. They too had to turn to social assistance.
are just two examples of how fast good fortune can turn
to bad. It can happen to anyone at any time. Which is
why it is so important to donate to organizations like
the Salvation Army, the United Way and the Orléans-Cumberland
Community Resource Centre. So that when misfortune does
strike, a helping hand is always there.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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