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Topic: Enter (02/27/06)
TITLE: Waiting by the Door
By Judy Schwab
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Broken and afraid, I stand on the other side of the door, waiting, listening to see if He will knock.
There was a time in my life when the door was always open and no invitation was needed, for we had a mutual understanding..and a mutual love.
Then life intervened and I began closing the door, imperceptibly at first, till finally the door was not only closed but bolted shut. There would be no forced entry here. Besides, why would He even try?
All the things I’d been taught as a child about love, mercy and forgiveness had become nothing more than words to me. My life as an adult had been filled with abuse, abandonment and pain. Where was the caring? Where was the mercy? Where was He?
I slipped into a lifestyle that had once been repugnant to me and now was all I knew. Nothing mattered, least of all me.
But today I saw a painting, one I had seen often as a child at Sunday School and somewhere deep within my darkest self a voice whispered “remember”. I shouted to eliminate the voice, but it was persistent and could not be ignored.
I remembered hearing about this beautiful painting and the “hidden elements” to look for such as the heart-shaped light around the door and the fact that the door could only be opened from the inside. And I recalled a teacher who reminded us that Jesus is only a heartbeat away.
Still broken and afraid, I stand at the door and raise my hand cautiously.
Perhaps today I will be able to say it, the word He waits so patiently to hear, the word “enter”.
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