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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)

TITLE: an open door
By darlene hight


Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door
-Emily Dickenson

I love ‘drop in’ friends! Nothing is better than swinging open the door and finding a friend standing there. When my children were young, I had one friend who would pop over for coffee and we would end up spending all day together. While our children played in the yard, we whiled away the hours laughing and talking.

I can’t always remember when or where these friendships started but I know that it always involved opening a door, a door to friendship. One friend started as my next door neighbor. We often dropped in on each other. We have remained friends for many years. Her children are grown as are mine and we walked those years together as friends. She is as close to me as a sister. It is a delight to pick up the phone and find her on the other end. I love her voice. I enjoy sharing my day with her and hearing about her day. I am eager to hear about the things God is doing in her life and I know that she gets excited about what God is doing in mine. Many times, I have called her and the first words that I hear are “How did you know that I needed you to call?” or I have said the same thing to her when she called.

Yet as much as I enjoy hearing my friend at the other end of the phone line and as comforting as I find her voice. There is another friend who is closer still. There is a friend who breathes life into me. Not only does his voice comfort me; he knows my words, my concerns, my fears, and my joy before I speak them. He has seen my secret tears. He has held me as I cried them into his breast. He knows my hopes and dreams because he carefully chose them and placed them into my heart. When our relationship grows cold, it is due to my stubbornness and neglect. Yet, he never gets angry with me. He never holds a grudge. He, always, welcomes me back into the safety of his embrace. This friend is life to me. His name is Jesus.

I don’t mind sharing my friend. Because, I know that his love is big enough for me and it is big enough for you. He never chooses a best friend. We are each ‘Best’. He is easy to know. He stands at the door of every heart waiting to be invited in. He would never come in uninvited. He is the best friend that you could ever have and he wants to be your friend.

If I could do but one thing right in life, it would be to be a friend like Jesus and to share him with everyone that I meet. He is better than any best friend who ever dropped in and I am so glad that I opened the door.

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. NIV [Jesus]

John 4:29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” NIV [Messiah]

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Karen Deikun04/11/05
I loved your title and the opening to this testimony of your relationship with Jesus. It was very encouraging!
Dixie Phillips04/11/05
I loved when you said you didn't mind sharing your friend.... Great job! Made me want to reach out to JESUS with one hand and with the other BRING A FRIEND!
Mary Nellum04/11/05
I love how you brought Jesus into it - He really is our Best Friend!

Mary Nellum
Kyle Chezum04/11/05
This is an excellent essay! I liked the flow and the positive message. It made me smile!
Lisa Vella04/12/05
Very nice! What a friend we have in Jesus!
Nancy Hardy04/12/05
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. While, I realize, this excerpt is not in context, per se, isn't it a comfort, after a long and weary day, to hear the gentle knock, and know who is on the other side of our heart's door? PTL! Great writing! - Nancy
Kate Maddox04/13/05
Thank you for your touching story! What a good friend Jesus is.
Lori Othouse 04/14/05
This was great! So sweet and very reassuring. What a wonderful testimony to have and pass on!
Maxx .04/16/05
Nice vision of Christ as friend! :-)
Deborah Porter 04/18/05
Hello dear Darlene. I probably won't get to do this every week, but I'll try to do it as often as I can. I really just wanted to let you know that "An Open Door" was in the semi-finalist list. There just happened to be a very high level of competion for Level 3 for this particular topic. Still, be encouraged. You were right up there with the winners. With love, Deb
Debbie OConnor04/19/05
Woo hoo! This is a GREAT essay on friendship, I loved it!
Sally Hanan04/23/05
I sense an evangelist's heart in here! Nice flow.