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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: Two Way Road
By Ruth Neilson
06/13/12


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"How's your heart, Little One."
It's good, Grandpa, real good.
He smiled at her young voice.
So full of innocence, and he was
Determined to keep her heart pure
And so, he set about to be a guard around
Her heart. "Tell me about school today."
And so she did.

"How's your heart, Little One."
It's fine, Grandpa. Trying to do what is right.
He smiled as he gazed at her picture.
A middle schooler now, life had become
Increasingly tricky for her to walk the line
Between God's will and the world.
He nodded, "Tell me about your day."
And so she did.

"How's your heart, Little One."
Grandpa, please don't call me that!
"But, you've always been my Little One."
I'm not anymore. And stop asking me that question.
High school and puberty, always a disastrous combination.
His heart sank as he sagged to his knees.
He bowed his head and began to pour out his heart.
And his Father listened.

"How's your heart, Little One."
It's broken, Grandpa. I don't know what to do...
Or where to go.

"C'mon home, Little One. The door is always open to you."
Life hadn't been easy for his Little One. She had lost her way
And he could only pray that he could help her find her way again.
He bowed his head and began to seek guidance.
And his Father gave.

"How's your heart, Little One."
Growing stronger every day.
He smiled; she had turned her life around
With the help from the Father.
She would be just fine. And he knew it.
He took a deep breath and took a step towards complete restoration,
"So, tell me about your day."
And so she did.

How's your heart, Grandpa?
"Sore, Little One."
He was lonely and she knew it.
Grandma had passed away and now
He was starting to slowly slip away.
Walking away from everything that
He had ever taught her. She knew
What she needed to do.

With a brave chin and a resolute heart
She knelt, bowing her heart, and began to pray
Determined to repay all that her grandfather
Had done for her. She began to stand guard
Over her grandfather's heart, waiting, praying,
And seeking guidance before finally standing and asking
Tell me about your day, Grandpa.
And he did.


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Susan Allen06/15/12
Beautiful, this made me cry. She grew up and finally cared about how he was. It's hard to watch a Grandpa slip away.
Charla Diehl 06/16/12
This tender entry tugged at my heartstrings as you accurately described the growing up years. How wonderful to have grandparents sowing seeds in little hearts. How beautiful to watch those seeds bloom and return the love as shown in this story.
Kelvin Fowler06/18/12
Lovely
Francy Judge 06/19/12
This was so touching. I love how you showed the grandfather's love and influence on his grandaughter's life. Beautifully written.
CD Swanson 06/20/12
Awww! I loved it! It made me smile with watery eyes. Thank you so much.

God Bless~
Lori Othouse 06/20/12
What a beautiful, sweet story about love coming full circle. This really touched me. God bless!