There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.
John 15:13 (NLT)
I have been asked to do a skit based on this scripture. So far, I have no ideas. I've been thinking about this passage and a true story from my childhood came to mind. I'm going to write about it here and pray for inspiration for the skit.
Saving Helen --
My family came home to Pennsylvania to visit my grandmother for a couple weeks over the summer. I was 12. One hot day, Grandma and I went to her next door neighbor's house for a swim. There was always an open invitation even if they weren't home. Grandma invited another neighbor, Helen, who was in her early 70's, to also swim.
Helen did not swim. She just liked to walk around the shallow end of the pool. I practiced my diving and had just gotten out of the pool to go to the diving board again when I noticed Helen acting strange. She was at the place in the pool where it slopes down and her arms were straight up to the sky. Half her body was still out of the water, but slowly she was walking down the steep slope. She was so calm, going deeper and deeper. Then her head began to go under. I knew she couldn't swim. What was she doing?
"Turn around! Go back!"
She seemed to not hear me. My grandmother was shouting. She also could not swim. I had taken pool safety, but everything I learned completely left my mind. I had to save her. I jumped in, swam to her and grabbed her, but instead of letting me pull her to the side, she was pulling me down, clinging to me, pulling my head under. Now I was struggling for my life. I swam as hard as I could and finally we reached the ladder.
I found out later that when Helen's feet began to go down the pool slope, she just knew she would drown, so she gave right in to it.
Do you have a story? Do you have any ideas for my skit?