Tuesday, 4 November 2008

There But For The Grace Of God Goes I

John Bradford (1510-1555), an English Protestant had the habit of saying, when he saw criminals going to their execution, “But for the grace of God, there goes John Bradford”, which is where the saying, “There but for the grace of God goes I” originated.
Such was his generous attitude to others that Bradford was known as "Holy Bradford.” After being arrested in the early days of the Catholic Queen Mary’s reign under a trivial charge, Bradford was burned at the stake as a heretic. He was chained to the stake with another young martyr, John Leaf. As always he was thinking of others and concerned about his frightened fellow-martyr, he turned to him with these words, "Be of good comfort brother; for we shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night!"

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