My wife and I are relative "newbies" to the great North Shore. We just moved here last May and are still settling in and getting our bearings as to where we are and who is who. We can't begin to say how grateful we are for the people we have met and the great welcome we have received.
One of those who welcomed us within the first week did so with a knock at the door. It was our local letter carrier. He introduced himself, welcomed us to the area and said to ask if we had any questions regarding the local area and services. Two weeks later, there was a significant storm, and we lost two large trees. Our letter carrier knew who could help us remove the trees and he even contacted the individuals for us. Over the succeeding weeks and months, we developed a real bonding and friendship with our letter carrier.
Flash ahead eight months to the middle of winter with bone-chilling cold, a large amount of snow on the ground and the steep driveway so slick that several times the car didn't make it up.
Notwithstanding these circumstances, there was the welcome knock at the door, and the letter carrier with the ever-present smile delivered not only the mail, but also sage advice about road conditions, alternate routes of travel, always leaving with an encouraging word.
What a demonstration of dedication and commitment to customers and friends. His is a welcome knock at any time - even if bringing bills.
Now we are preparing for the Easter season. For me as a chaplain/pastor, this is a significant time to celebrate the risen savior, Jesus Christ. There is also another welcome knock at the door to be aware of.
In Revelations 3:20, Jesus says, "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." (NIV).
This is an open invitation to answer Jesus' knocking at the door of your heart and invite him in. He genuinely wants to be with you and share all that his resurrection guarantees. To be sure it is a personal decision to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus.
I encourage you to seek a church body with whom to worship during this season. If that may be uncomfortable to begin with, then see if there is a small group Bible study with people you know or even just meet one-on-one with a believer to share time together.
To the believer, this is a glorious time to celebrate the risen savior with a community of believers in church, family and friends and with those who may not have heard what Chris has done for them. We are encouraged to likewise do some knocking on doors ourselves.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8, NIV).
The Rev. Chris Belfield and his wife, Cathy, attend Beaver Bay Assembly of God, where he is providing pulpit supply. He is a volunteer chaplain for Arrowhead Emergency Services and American Legion Post 109 and Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors.