Graham Norton Asks Old Lady to Hold His Hand

This morning I was reviewing the Sunday papers on Julia Booth’s show on BBC Radio York.

I arrive to a pile of papers and colour supplements and have to select things to mention. This morning one of the things that caught my eye was a feature in the Observer supplement about Graham Norton.

Graham was stabbed in the chest during a mugging in 1989. In the article he described the old couple who came to his aid, and the elderly lady wearing her dressing-gown. Thinking he was about to die, he asked the old lady to hold his hand as he did not want to die alone.

I have not heard of anyone, facing their looming death to ask for their new possession to be brought in.

“Please bring my new flat-screen TV near to me that I may have my hand upon it as I die!”

No, we want people near us, preferably our treasured family and friends. In Graham Norton’s case even an unlikely stranger was better than any of his possessions or material riches.

Two days ago my daughter and new husband were burgled in their new home. They lost few possessions. The intruders had obviously been searching for cash, and they had none. They did however lose a computer on which they had their music collection and lots of photographs. Among the photographs was their complete, and only, set of honeymoon pics.

On their wedding day they had not managed to get to taste a bit of their own wedding cake, but they did have the top layer, beautifully decorated, which they were saving for when they had guests round. The burglars stole the wedding cake too.

They were obviously upset. But it all made me think, are greatest and lasting treasures cannot be stolen because they are of Jesus and of love.

I think of the words of Jesus:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20)

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