Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Look for the Open Door

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Look for the Open Door

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. These words of Helen Keller are a good message for the beginning of the new year. Keller, whose many accomplishments, despite her blindness, are renowned, knew how to go forward even when there appeared to be no doors at all open or closed.

Such individuals can inspire us in these times of uncertainty, particularly in the face of the worlds troubled finances, fear of terrorism, and instability. Kellers words also apply in more personal matters, such as the need for a job, the passing of a loved one, challenges with ones health or some other adverse condition.

These situations may cast the shadow of a closed door on the present and on expectations for the future. Jesus accomplishments and his disciples response to them help to erase that shadow.

Following Jesus crucifixion, the frightened disciples may have felt they were facing a closed door. Before the events of that first Good Friday, their future with the Master may have looked bright. Then, suddenly, it all seemed to be gone. That was because they were focusing on the closed door.

Meanwhile, Jesus was focused on permanently breaking out of that closed door the tomb of mortality. His resurrection, his understanding of God opened the door to a higher understanding of life, one in which each day can be a new start. …

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