Doors are important. Doors and doorways are places of transition. We move through them to get to the inside or the outside. We move through them to get into another room, state of being, or mode of existence. Doors can hide or reveal; exclude or include; discourage or encourage – it all depends upon whether the door is closed or open.
One of the characteristic images of our culture today is the closed door. Growing fear and insecurity causes people to live behind locked doors, distrusting the stranger who calls on us. The closed and bolted door is also symbolic of people’s lives, of people who have stopped confronting reality, dealing with others, meeting challenges, and facing the future. The closed door conveys insecurity, loneliness, and hopelessness.
OWhile the closed door isolates us, suffocates us, and paralyses us, the open door welcomes the light, invites us to engage with life, and welcomes others. The image of the open door conveys confidence, friendship, and freedom. The Scriptures are the story of God opening doors. God is forever calling people to cease fearing, to trust, to live freely, and to hope in the future. Let us make sure that our doors are widely open so that others also can enjoy the joy of salvation through Jesus Christ and to continue to witness the good news to the ends of the earth. May God Bless you all.
In the Lord’s Ministry,
Rev. George Varghese