A young Norwegian, travelling in a train in Norway, noticed an unhappy-looking American tourist sitting beside him. When he asked him what the problem was, the tourist replied that the seat was uncomfortable, especially because the trip was a lengthy, overnight one. Upon the young Norwegian’s insistence, the two exchanged seats. They then started a conversation that lasted all night long. The Norwegian spoke mostly of Jesus Christ his redemption and the place in Heaven that he prepared for us.
The following morning, before the young Norwegian left to change trains, he bid the American farewell and said that he had enjoyed their conversation about our Saviour Jesus Christ. The American then said, “I’d like to know who you are and if you need anything from the States.”
The Norwegian replied, “I’ve one request. Remember Bernadotte, the prince of Norway, in your prayers.” Then, he shook the American’s hand affectionately.
The American was astonished to learn that that was the son of the king of Norway and asked where he was going.
The prince replied, “To bear witness for my Christ and His grace.
“That, though He was our rich, yet for your sakes He became poor” (2 Cor. 8.9).
For my sake, O King of kings, You have become a slave.
You have impoverished Yourself to enrich me with Your poverty,
O granter of riches.
What can I give You in return,
O love of my soul?
Oh that I would be poor for Your sake!
Acquiring You enriches me,
And no one can deprive me of You.
The Magnificent Horizon
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