‘The text goes: “When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there,” I gave that sermon last Sunday.’
‘I needed comfort.’
‘It’s there, in the Bible.’
‘I really have to go now.’
‘Please remember the offertory - we’re a poor parish.’
Stephen took out his wallet and extracted a five-pound note. He folded it and put it in the slot of a crude wooden box that stood on a nearby table.
‘Thank you, my son. Most generous.’
As he left, Stephen said to the vicar: ‘What’s five pounds compared to the life of a lost child?’