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Love Your Neighbor

3. Being lead


When Lisa arrived home with the pictures she borrowed from Grandpa, she went into her room, closed the door, and set the pictures up on the table next to her window.


She looked at each one of the pictures very carefully, thinking about what it must’ve been like to be with Grandpa in the years past. And though there were plenty of pictures of things in her house, and lots of things to sketch in the backyard, and in the park nearby, Lisa had a very special attraction to the things of Grandpa’s past. She started to feel like Holy Spirit was leading her in some special way. Was this what it was like for the people in the Bible when they felt the presence of Holy Spirit for the first time?


After what seemed like a very long time to Larry, he went over to Lisa’s bedroom door and knocked.


When Lisa opened the bedroom door, Larry said, “Hi, Lisa, are you OK? I was wondering what you were planning to do this afternoon. Are you going to start your sketches or do you wanna go over to the playground with me?”


Lisa said, “I thought I might start my sketches today, but after looking at each one of the pictures, I decided I needed to spend a little more time figuring out what I wanted to sketch. Going over to the playground sounds like a really good idea. Maybe I’ll get some ideas about sketching things on the playground as well.”


When Larry and Lisa arrived at the playground, several of their friends greeted them.


George said, “So here you guys are. I was wondering what happened to you.”


Larry responded, “We went over to Grandpa’s house because Lisa wanted to borrow a few of his pictures. She is going to do some sketching, and she wanted to include some things from Grandpa’s life.”


George said, “That’s great! So, Lisa, are you planning to give Grandpa one of your sketches, like maybe for his birthday or something?”


Lisa said, “Thanks, George, that’s a really good idea. I wonder when Grandpa’s birthday is. Does anyone ever remember him mentioning his birthday?”


Janet overheard the conversation and said, “I think you can give Grandpa a sketch any old time. He would just love it!”


Lisa said, “Yeah, I was thinking about that. He has been such a nice person and caring to us, it would be really nice if I could give him something that would be really meaningful to him. Not that I have to, I just really want to. I guess that’s kind of what loving your neighbor is.”


Lisa and her friends talked some more about the possibility of giving different kinds of gifts to Grandpa. Lisa liked all of the ideas, but none of them seemed just right. There was still something down deep inside that was leading her to create something extra special for Grandpa. Something that will give him joy every day of his life.


Lisa went home, went into her room by herself, and closed the door. Lisa sat on the chair and looked at each of the pictures that she had borrowed from Grandpa. She looked at the first one, then the second one, then the third one, then the fourth one.


Lisa looked at the fifth one. This was a picture of Grandpa’s wife. She remembered the conversation she had with him earlier. He said he did not have a picture of himself, his wife, and the dog. Lisa wondered why he said that. What was so special about the time that Grandpa had with his wife and his dog? Why would having a picture of the three of them be so special to him?


Lisa closed her eyes and tried to imagine Grandpa, his wife and his dog having fun together. After a few minutes, Lisa started to cry.


Lisa asked Jesus, “Is this how Grandpa is feeling now? What are you asking me to do?”


Lisa was not sure that she heard an answer from Jesus, but she knew that she would understand soon. She had asked Jesus to help her through some of her difficult decisions, and He always did. His way was always the best.

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