This is the front door to the home of CS Lewis. What would it have been like to knock on this door and it opens with CS Lewis welcoming me in? I would ask to see his writing desk and we would talk for hours about Narnia and his wife Joy and the grief of losing her, and what he remembers about his mother...
Doors. They open to welcome people in, and they shut to keep people out. Front doors are more formal as we knock and wait to be welcomed in. Back doors are casual. Usually unlocked and easier to access. Doors are used to separate and connect us. We walk through many doors throughout the course of one day.
As we finish our front door, I think of all those we have welcomed in. I pray all who have entered, and will enter, feel welcomed.
What doors have you walked through lately?
Yesterday we walked through the church doors. On either side of the doors stood two people holding the American flag. We walked through the doors and took our seats.
During the service we recited the 23rd Psalm
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; your anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
May I never forget the feeling of gratitude I felt as I walked out of the doors of church yesterday, watching the vibrant colors of red white and blue flowing freely in the morning breeze.