This morning I received the following in an e-mail from one of our friends. I found it so confirming of my own "in or out?" thoughts that I asked her permission to share it here:
"I had just finished the Office and Morning prayer when I decided to visit your website this morning. There before me was the question: ' are you in or are you out?' Words that struck a chord within.....
"You see, six years ago I went on a silent retreat, and as I sat on a mound of grass on the retreat house grounds I spotted a "door." Jesus seemed to be beckoning me to look into that door.
"Then, it was verse 7 of Revelation 3 that I prayed with. But I realize now that Jesus has set forth a clear and concrete invitation today to me thru your web posting. You weren't needlessly banging or clacking at keys, as I am 'not' doing now. It is the Spirit and He is beckoning to all of us right now.......
"'Behold I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut!'
"Oh praise God for these Words. His Word. And your simple invitation to us this morning, one that Jesus beckons us with......
"The door is open and nobody is able to shut it on us. Oh let us enter into that door today, loudly singing His praises with Thanksgiving and Joy in this Season of His Birth. For that Door leads to His Heart - a place that He calls all of us to now - where Love can be found, and we can be strengthened by it. To bring it to this world in this year of 2013!"The Spirit is ALIVE AND WORKING!!!!" - Anita
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
'The words of the holy One, the true One,
Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one will shut,
Who shuts and no one opens. I know your works.
Behold I have set before you
an open door,
an open door,
which no one is able to shut."
- Revelation 3:7-8