RUTH: Hello and welcome to 'Say it Again'. I'm Ruth and with me today I have
Grace McNeill. Today's programme is different from the others in our regular
series. Grace is here to talk about a famous place in Britain. I'll let Grace
GRACE: Hello, it's good to be here with you Ruth. Maybe you can tell by my
accent that I come from a different area of Britain. I come from Scotland, but I
wasn't born there. I was born in China, in Shanghai. My parents worked in
China and as a child I have memories of speaking Mandarin. But the last thirty
years or so I spent in Britain, returning only once to Shanghai, the city of my birth.
RUTH: You love travelling and visiting places of interest, don't you?
GRACE: Yes I do, Ruth. I've visited many countries of the world but I've also
visited many places of interest here in Britain. It's these places of interest I want to
talk about in my occasional series here on 'Say it Again'. My first place of interest
that I'm talking about today is a very large church. It's called 'York Minster'.
RUTH: So Grace, can you tell us a little about York Minster?
RUTH: Thank you Grace for explaining all that. I've enjoyed it. I hope you have
as well. Grace will be here with me again later in the series. Where are we going
to next time Grace?
GRACE: I thought we'll travel down to London. One place of interest among the
many there is 'The Tower of London'. So that is where we'll be in a few weeks
RUTH: Grace will be back with us in some future programmes. Have you a place
you'd love to find out about? Then keep listening to 'Say it Again'. You could
find out all about it. Each week on 'Say it Again', we have had a true story about
different people around the world. Today, our story is about Wolfgang Dietrich of
Germany. Here he tells of how he was searching for excitement in his life. In his
search, he went to many countries of the world. Listen to where eventually he
found what he was looking for.
"The day had come! I finally had the chance to travel the world. I had been
waiting for this day, and at last it had arrived. I travelled to Australia and stayed
there for a while, but found I couldn't get a job. So I decided to go to Singapore.
On the ship travelling to Singapore, I met a lovely Chinese woman. She told me
again and again, "You will only find true happiness when you escape the control of
your wrong desires." But I was lazy, and did nothing about what she said.
So I travelled through many countries, but there was no joy in what I did or where I
went. I tried everything to obtain happiness. I tried the Buddhist religion as I
thought Buddhism speaks of peace but that did not work either. So one day I
decided to return home. When I arrived, I was met by my mother, my father, and
many other people. One thing I noticed was that these people were full of joy.
My sister came to me and said "We're so happy to see you!" She told me that she
had found a real reason and meaning for living. She had asked the living God to
bring me home, so she could help me to find real meaning in my life. Then I met
some of my sister's friends. They were joyful too, and so I asked them: "How can
I enjoy the happiness and peace that you now have? What must I do?"
They told me to talk to this God through prayer. As I spoke with God in this way,
it was as though a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Suddenly I
found there was peace and joy in my heart. Now I want to tell everyone how they
too can obtain from the living God a real purpose and joy in their lives."
RUTH: It's strange how someone can search for the meaning of life all around the
world and then find exactly what they were looking for at home. I hope you've
enjoyed finding out about 'York Minster'. Next week, I'll have Aries back with me.
That's all we have time for today. So join me next week to 'Say it Again'.