My Jerome Neighbors?
My Jackpot Neighbors?
My Rogerson Neighbor,
I have been thinking about her comment and my response for over a month and I think The Lord has used her and my question for a very insightful teaching moment for me.
As a Home Health LPN I find myself travelling quite a bit to surrounding areas and I get the opportunity to meet some amazing people. Some who leave very special footprints on my heart.
Since I was in Burley on Sundays I stumbled onto this amazing ward which is truly very near and dear to my heart. Just seeing some of their faces in my minds eye now brings a warmth to my heart and a smile to my face.
In previous posts I have mentioned how special a little Branch in Jackpot is to me. It too warms my heart and brings a smile to my face. This past July two key people that made Jackpot so very special to me was the Branch President and his wonderful wife and her sister. (who is very special, cause like me she has been denied the blessings of children in this life) Oh how I loved them and still love them!!!!
This past July this beloved Branch President was released from his calling.
I have never cried at a change of leadership but I found my heart aching and the tears poured down my face as this special friend was released.
The whole branch was in tears.
He is truly a special man and my life has been so blessed because of his love and friendship.
A new Branch Leadership was called and I know in my heart that special little Branch will continue to grow and touch lives but I felt a door closing.
I have also felt that door closing to that wonderful Ward in Burley I was able to attend.
They have strong leadership and they too will continue to grow and flourish and there is no doubt in my mind that every stranger that walks through their doors will "be a stranger no more."
That beautiful sweet whisper that has been a part of me for so long has been whispering,
"Its time to go home."
My feelings have been bitter sweet with that whisper because I am so going to miss my special neighbors that I had the opportunity to journey with for such a short season.
But I know there is reason I need to return home, home to my home branch.
As I have been driving the last couple days a conference talk has been playing out in my mind.
In this talk this dear sister shared a story of a remarkable woman who with her daughter made blankets and took them to a worn torn country far away from their home. She told what happened after they had dropped off the blankets and were returning home,
"What you have done is a good thing but go and serve your neighbors at home."
Like this sweet sister who delivered the blankets I have been running here and there serving my "neighbors" and I will have always cherish those moments. But like this sister I have blindly turned my backs on my "neighbors" in my own back yard so to speak.
Not sure what The Lord has planned for me with me serving in my own back yard but I do know amazing blessings always follow.
For my out of back yard neighbors, some I will continue to journey with because you are not just my neighbors you are my very special friends whose love and encouragement fills me with so much joy.
(Ha you thought you were going to get a pass....NOT)
You guys still get to put up with my crazy ideas:) After all most of you are on my unofficial enrichment committee:) We still have lots of great ideas to discuss and bring to pass.
To my other neighbors that I don't get to see as much know you hold a very tender place in my heart and when our paths do across again we shall pick up right where we left off.
You too are loved so very much and I am so grateful for the inspiration you have filled me with.
You were placed in my path at a dark and lonely time for me. Thank you for being you!!!!
As my friend asked, "Who is you Neighbor?" It is my hope that we reach out to truly get to know our neighbor and be willing to offer that hand of friendship. Believe me it opens some amazing doors!!!!!!!