- Railway ticket offices also provide tickets for heaven.
As I entered the Railway ticket office at Norwich Station I was disappointed to find there was no queue, as queues are captive audiences for the Gospel. Then, as I waited, a young Indian girl appeared behind me. I smiled and explained she was an answer to prayer, a captive audience, to hear that Jesus loved her. She was interested and took Voice with an invitation to dinner (vwd)
Meanwhile, a lady in Royal Mail uniform with a pink plastic rose in her hair jumped the queue in front of me. I lovingly expostulated, but gallantly allowed her to take my place. (Being nice to people opens the door). I told her I was an Anglican Evangelist and that God had told me to sing love songs from Jesus to check in ladies, Royal Mail ladies, etc. So I sang, ‘And that smile that touches your nose, captures my foolish heart’ etc She was delighted and accepted VWD.
Then an unemployed young Muslim man from Iraq appeared. I welcomed him to UK and told him that the letters of ISLAM stand for I Sincerely Love All Muslims. I said that Issa (Jesus) loved him and wanted to know him. He was very touched and went off with VWD.
At last I got to Sharon to get tickets. She had been watching the musical with some amusement. I had a lovely time with her and she went off with VWD.
As I was leaving an elderly couple appeared. I told him he had won the prize for the smartest tweed coat in the station that day – it had a velvet collar. He asked for a prize! So I gave him Voice. He said, ‘We are Papists from Aylsham,’ so I re-assured him that I preached in Catholic Churches and he was quite safe. I then got from the car The Desert Road that I presented to him with a commendation by a Catholic Bishop on the back cover!
This adventure provoked some sublime Episcopal wit:
‘You must be the only person in the universe disappointed not to find a queue!’
The Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
‘Clearly I am making an evangelistic error by ordering my rail tickets in advance rather than queuing in the ticket office!’
The Rt. Rev. Graham James, Bishop of Norwich