I was told about one of my men who was invited to join a small group at church. This group would have met at the same time this man of God was standing his post as the doorman, the greeter, at the front door of the church auditorium. Every person, young or old, healthy or handicapped, everyone was greeted by a smile and open doors. This man opened those doors.
I was told that when asked to join this small group, his answer was that God gave him that door. Way to go! I beamed with pride for him as his faith was growing into service. I saw it as the beginning of another life restored.
I wrote the above note to myself in October. By May, he had given up his door. And he didn’t go to a class when he did. I am sad because I wanted to write about his success. But he got a job and he got his disability check, and was able to move to his own house with his son. He got to a point where he was not absolutely forced to trust God for the next everything. He gave the door back to God and now no one stands there where God placed him.
I am sad because he has become another in a long line of people whose lives are moving away from God. He once was so pleased to be a simple doorkeeper with a big smile on his face and an outstretched hand. Now, he is hardly ever seen at the church house. He is missed too.
See You SONday
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:10-12 NKJV)
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