My good friend, Charlie heard the voice from the yard next door. Frankly, he hadn’t noticed that the wall was falling down. Charlie is not the kind of guy who notices these things. But, Jim, the next door neighbor most definitely does.
They’d lived next door to each other for seven years. But until the wall fell down they didn’t know each other.
When Charlie saw that indeed the wall was in need of serious repair, he assumed that meant that he and Jim would split the cost to pay someone to fix. You know, be neighborly and cooperative. Jim had other ideas.
The next week he was out digging up the foundation of the wall and soon, if nothing else besides guilt, Charlie joined in. Together they replaced that wall with a fence. Once that fence was finished, Jim noted that the rest of Charlie’s walls and fences were even worse than the one that had crumbled, and he offered to help him put up a new fence all the way around his property. Charlie, who as a pastor and musician is not exactly skilled at this particular kind of labor, readily agreed. [Read more…]