For the last few years the
Christmas is about Open Doors.
If you were anything like me, you had someone who gave you one of the little Advent Calendars that had the mini doors, with some sort of goodie inside. My youth in
The doors of the house were in constant motion, as cold as it got in Bishop it probably would have made sense to have a fully enclosed foyer with double doors on both ends, that might have trapped a little more of the heat from the woodstove. The woodstove was countered by the many trips inside to put wood next to the fireplace, the trips to the market for Advent and Christmas baking, for the myriad parties, and the many friends and neighbors who dropped stuff at the house, with gifts, and goodies galore. The door was always opened it seemed, with someone coming or going. We were a people in motion.
Advent reminds us that the doors of our hearts, too, must be opened, that we can receive the baby Jesus again. The doors of a simple home were opened to Joseph and Mary those many years ago, to receive the Christ child. He was laid in a manger, and wrapped in bands of cloth. He was received by humble parents, to a life on the move, from
The church doors are flung wide many times during the Advent season. We have celebrations on Sunday mornings, Christmas Teas, parties for youth group, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts are in full bloom, and the office staff is moving, moving, moving to type and prepare for all of the glorious events.
Our challenge for the time after Christmas is to keep the doors open, the doors to our hearts, the doors to our homes, the doors to God’s church. May they allow us to come and go with freedom. Are your doors open?