Doors and gates


“This is the gate of the Lord;
“The righteous shall enter through it. . .
“This is the day that the Lord has made,
“Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:20, 23

Holy Week is very near: It is time to sing Psalm 118.

As we move toward the 2009 Annual Conference, we are meditating on doors. There are many doors in the Bible, many uses of the image.

A door is a portal of welcome. A door is a place of possibility. We enter through doors, and we depart through doors.

As the Palm Sunday crowd gathers, they hold palm branches and make a cloak-lined pathway. Jesus enters Jerusalem along this path, through this door. 

As the stone is rolled to cover the door of the tomb, there is great grief. On Easter morning, there is great discovery. The stone is rolled away and the door is open. Death is vanquished and the victory of eternal life is demonstrated. 

This is the day that God has made. This is the door that God has created for new life, for eternal life.

Every church, district, ministry in the annual conference is invited to find and decorate a door for Annual Conference. Have fun using your creativity to celebrate the door of welcome, the door of life, the door of mission. These are all doors of God, gates of the Lord.