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Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  Revelation 3:20

One Saturday morning, the solicitors were back in our neighborhood again, persistent as ever. They rang the doorbell, knocked, shouted out a series of hellos, and waited for me to answer the door.

I had too much to do that day. I did not want to be bothered, so I ignored the knocks. I knew they would eventually move on if I just waited.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, often stands at our front door, knocks, and waits for an answer. Yes, his gentle thumps can be hard to hear at times, but he makes it our choice to either swing open the door or ignore him.

Sometimes Jesus’ quiet knocks come by way of our brothers and sisters who are homeless, suffering, and alone. They are seeking help from you and me. When we reach out to them, we answer his knock and allow him, and those he places in our lives, to enter the door to our hearts — the selfless heart that God placed in us when we received Jesus into our lives.

We cannot close our ears to Christ’s steady knocks and think he will give up. He never will. Jesus wants us to welcome him in with hearts hungering to spend time with him. And when we invite him into our hearts, our Savior will open heaven’s door to us, the one that someday leads to our journey home.

Lord, I am often too focused on my to-do list. Help me from blocking out your knocks. Instead, let your gentle and persistent knocks at the door of my heart be a valuable reminder to stop and pay attention to you. Amen

By Doug Lim
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“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.”  Revelation 3:20

A picture I vividly recall from my childhood days in church displayed a large wooden door surrounded by green vines with a robed figure of Jesus standing outside. His hand is raised, obviously ready to knock. An important feature of the door is that there is no handle on the outside, indicating that it can only be opened from the inside. The message behind the painting is that Jesus waits outside our lives until we are ready to invite Him in into our lives.

But this morning I read these words, written in form and language far more common to our grandparent’s ears than to our modern ears: “I bless thee for that knocking at my heart’s door that warns me of thy waiting presence.”

I wonder how many times during the day Jesus gently knocks to warn me of his waiting presence? Not a warning that danger is imminent (though that may be true), but to warn in the sense of putting me on the alert, giving me notice that he is ready to give counsel or send some special message of his love.

Today we more often hear the loud ring of a doorbell, not a gentle knock. Doorbells can be intrusive; knocks can easily be ignored. I need to listen carefully for the gentle knocks on the door of my heart. I don’t want to miss his presence.

Jesus, thank you for consistently, insistently knocking at the door of my life. Help me tune my ears so that I don’t miss even a whisper of your message.

By Marilyn Ehle
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