Let ‘Em In (Sept. 2012)

“Someone’s knockin’ at the door.
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell.
Do me a favor,
Open the door and let ’em in.”

In Bible stories, God comes to people in their dreams and angels appear in visions. God appears at the doorsteps of people like Abram and Sarai. The Spirit appears at the window to people like Mary, the mother of Jesus. God is a wrestler approaching Jacob in the desert. God walks through the Garden, calling out for Eve and Adam. 

Knock, knock!

In Bible stories, we meet people like poor Lazarus, the sickly pauper who sits outside the gate of a rich man who never notices his fellow human being at his door.

We meet people like the paraplegic man whose friends cut a hole in the roof of the house where Jesus is teaching because the crowd is blocking the door.

We meet Pharaoh’s daughter, who finds the infant Moses and brings him into her home.

We meet another Lazarus, dead in his tomb when Jesus calls to him, “Come out!”

Knock, knock!

In Paul McCartney’s song “Let ’Em In,” he lists some people who might be at the door: Sister Susie, Brother John, Martin Luther, Phil, Don, Brother Michael, Auntie Gin. It could be anyone, he seems to say. You won’t know until you open the door and let ’em in.

God has a way of calling softly to most of us. No lightning. No booming voice. No smoke and fire. Just a small voice. A light knock on the door. Often in the guise of someone who needs help.

Stop and listen. Who is that knocking at your door? Who is ringing the bell? Who wants you to let ’em in?

In the Peace of Christ,
Pastor Gage

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