A good friend of mine (Linda Neff) recently wrote these words of encouragement to loved ones. I appreciate the story and thought you would enjoy it too.
In my summer search through my files, I found many delightful items. Here is one of them.
In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favourite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honour. He struggles with Parkinson’s disease, but agreed to come.
Dr. Graham stepped to the podium and told this story.
Albert Einstein, the great physicist, was once travelling from Princeton on a train. When the conductor arrived to collect his ticket, Einstein could not find it.
The conductor said, “That’s okay, Dr. Enstein, We all know who you are, and we are sure that you did purchase a ticket. Don’t worry about it.” Dr. Einstein nodded gratefully.
The conductor continued on down the aisle, punching tickets. As he went to leave that car, he looked back and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under the seat for his ticket.
The conductor rushed back and said, “Dr. Einstein, don’t worry. We know who you are, and that you bought a ticket. You don’t need to look for it anymore.”
Einstein looked at him and replied, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I am going.”
Billy Graham continued with his own story. “See the suit I’m wearing? It’s brand new. My family tells me that I am getting a bit sloppy in my old age, so I went a bought a brand new suit for this luncheon and one more special occasion.
Do you know what the other occasion is? This is the suit in which I will be buried. But when you hear that I have died, don’t think of this suit. Just remember this:
I not only know who I am, but I know where I am going.
And that’s my prayer for each of us! Love, Linda
Something to think about, for sure! Thanks, Linda.