The rain is coming down on a dark evening. It’s early, not much activity is taking place; in fact, not any activity is taking place except to wait for a snow storm to come dropping 2, 3, maybe 5 inches, with an additional treat of high winds.
Services on Sunday morning….well, not sure if the saints and visitors can make it in. Still, the doors will be open for those who can.
In the dark evening, early evening, there is time to reflect on the Scripture.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Somehow, in the quiet evening these words are just right.
Faith is the hand that reaches out
Accepting the love of God;
Guiding our every daily walk
As down life’s road we daily trod.
Faith is the hand that turns the key
To heaven’s golden door;
Leading to abundant joy
And life forever more.
—Ruth H. Underhill
We’ve lived in the same house for over 20 years here in El Paso, and haven’t had one safety issue arise, for which I’m thankful. Like everyone else in town, we have bars over our windows, double-bolted locks on the doors, smoke detectors, etc. But the best safety feature we have is our miniature dachshund dog. She’s better than any security device I can think of, she’s low maintenance, and she loves us to death.
One of our church members, who is a stationed at Ft. Bliss, related the following story to me today:
A friend was in front of me coming out of the church building one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The preacher said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!” My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, preacher! The preacher questioned him by asking, “How come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?”
He whispered back, “I’m in the Secret Service.”
Now I know where some of our members are that are not in church services except on special occasions. 🙂
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.