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Hidden Joy

4. Joy in the Morning


Charlie started to enjoy being a little boy again.


Charlie stopped having dreams about his friends being mean to him.  Actually, Charlie’s friends didn’t change very much.


Charlie called Larry and let him know that he wanted to walk to school with him, again.


On the way to school one day, Charlie said to Lisa, “Hey, Lisa, I forgot to tell you that I saw the drawing you gave Grandpa.  It is fantastic!”


Lisa responded, “Thanks, Charlie.  I was a little bit anxious…”


Larry interrupted, “More like stressed out!”


Lisa continued, “… to share the drawing with Grandpa, because I wanted it to be something that would bring him joy.  I later realized that the joy actually comes from Jesus.  But we can do things to remind each other that the joy is always available if we want to receive it.”


Larry asked, “How are you doing, Charlie?  You seem to be enjoying Jesus’ hidden joy as well.  I know it must still be hard for you since your grandmother died.  We are always available if you want to talk.”


Lisa added, “And you can cry, if you want to.”


Charlie responded, “Thanks, you two really are true friends.  Thanks for sticking with me.”


Larry said, “We are glad to.”

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