Never a Threat

I am sure all of you had a different kind of Easter celebration than maybe ever before. At my house, I had a Skype call with my eldest and her family as they ate their first turkey dinner prepared in their home. Earlier that day I dropped of a gift of cupcakes and my roaster to my daughter, keeping the 6 feet social distance. For me, my granddaughter left on the porch step a ziplock bag of chocolate chips cookies she had made. Later today they’ve promised to drop off on my step turkey and a piece of apple pie left over from their Easter dinner.

During this time of social distancing, our front steps, our porches, our apartment doorways have become drop off zones of gifts, borrowed items, and left-overs.

I miss walking through doorways.

I look forward to the day when porches and doorways become again just a step before entering rather than the final destination they are today.

But for now, I’m called, like many of you, dear readers, to keep doors closed and stay in for the protection of life for others and myself.

Our Protector

May we always remember though too, we have another protector of life Who lets us through the doorway that brings us into God’s salvation.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” John 10:7

When we listen to Jesus’ voice and follow Him through the gate into His pasture, He not only gives us eternal life; we also immediately receive His gifts of forgiveness, love and guidance.

I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:9-10

Our Security

And He never abandons us no matter the threat.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11

There is a threat currently in our physical world too tiny for the human eye. Yet, nothing is threatening to the One who overcame death. As we follow the guidelines of our governments and health officials, keeping our distance that may mean not opening our doors, may we hold on to our great Shepherd by continuing to do His work He has called us to and let Him work within us.

Now may the God of peace who through blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen Hebrews 13:20-21

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23 thoughts on “Never a Threat

  1. Thank you for this encouraging reminder that indeed Jesus is our safe haven where we an always enter into His courts.
    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. Revelation 3:20

    Blessings,

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  2. Amen.

    The rounded doorway is amazing! Where is that? It really fires the imagination. Picture that place as your palace and outside is yours too, where you walk in the cool of the day… ah.

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  3. Yes, yes, I miss walking through doorways. What a simple thing but oh, how I do miss walking through doorways. Walking into a neighbor and/or loved ones home, walking into the grocery store, the library and church. I will be glad when the virus is gone and we can go back to gathering together.

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  4. Oh, Lynn, I miss walking through doorways, too!

    How aptly written, friend. Someday before long?

    I miss my family, I miss my friends.

    Thankfully, our online friends are very much present in our lives as they’ve always been. Blogging is a great comfort right about now, isn’t it …

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  5. I really miss those open doorways, too, Lynn. Thank you so much for reminding me of our Good Shepherd whose open door will never be a threat to us but a precious blessing of “eternal life” and “His gifts of forgiveness, love and guidance.” Thank you for this breathing space of hope! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. My parents are no longer with us, but I miss walking through their doorway. I can imagine in this time it is very tough for those like you Linda, who can’t visit their parents. I trust God’s got them covered, and yes, no need to fear!

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  6. It is interesting that our new perspective is all from doorways or through windows. I’m glad you still enjoyed Easter even if it was from afar. God is good to provide in the messy and keep us safe in uncertain times. I love the photo from inside looking toward the door. Great capture.

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  7. Thank you for a lovely and encouraging post Lynn. Yes, Jesus is our protection, our secret hiding place from the storms of life. I heard a quote today that is really comforting: When you are in the midst of a plague, you are in the hands of God. It was connected to the story in 1 Samuel 24 where David had to make a choice between 7 years of famine, 3 months being chased by his enemies or 3 days of a plague from God. He chose the plague because he would rather be in the hands of a merciful God than in the hands of man.

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    1. That’s a very timely quote for our current times. The old testament is never ‘old’ when it comes to applying the lessons and teachings to our life. Thanks so much for sharing the teachings of David and always choosing our merciful God over man! Hope you are well Diane!

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      1. I must correct my last comment. It’s 2 Samuel, not 1 Samuel. I realized this morning what I had done when I actually came to that chapter in my daily reading. Yes, I’m keeping well. Hope you are too.

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  8. Yes, I miss my people and all our efforts with screens and texts and phone calls are a poor substitue for the real, in person presence of those we love, and even as I type these words, I’m reminded that God’s presence is unmitigated and always available. If I learn anything from this season, I hope it’s that I can depend on that truth!

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  9. I tried all week to get over here. I’m so glad I did. As I read, I thought about the truth of the matter that porches are currently the final destination. Today, I let my youngest (my extreme introvert) ride his bike to a friend’s house. They swapped playing cards and chatted on the front porch, socially distanced. It refreshed him. I’ve been blessed to have friends drop off little somethings on our front porch. Thank goodness there is a meeting place, even if it isn’t currently through the threshold of a home.

    And thank goodness our Door, Jesus, is always open to newcomers, to old sinners, to the broken, and to the needy.

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  10. The image of my front door is now a picture imbedded in my mind. As I walk in and out (of course so much less), I will remember Him. THANK YOU for this. Practical and beautiful. Thanks for your faithfulness and being an encourager in these trying days 🙂 I am so glad I came in to read, Lynn

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