Three days ago (long enough for a Savior to lay in a tomb and the disciples to find it empty) I sent an email/letter to the shepherds of the church knocking on the door.
I have not received a call, a reply, a text, email, personal visit – absolutely no response.
Could it still come? Could we still get a favorable outcome?
There is nothing stopping a response or favorable outcome except contempt. And we can pray about that!
If this knock at the door had not been ignored but instead received with ANY sense of urgency, I could have/should have received some kind of reply by now. Even if it merely said, “We hear you and are talking about it….”.
But before the wagons circled to block me out and shun me several months ago, I received a very angry, wrathful response to a previous effort to open this dialog. In that response, my shepherd ripped me a new one and told me:
If you ever hoped to persuade me or the other elders to hear your voice, let me now make this clear and distinct…
Your voice has no volume. You may scream at the top of your voice, but it will not be heard.
So… I am not holding my breath. I am buried beneath the contempt of the shepherds of the church.
Meanwhile, there was a powerful response to the knock at the door from somewhere else. I encourage you to look at the previous post and study the comments there. One in particular stands out. Actually, more than one, but one stands out as a response to the knock in a most powerful way.
Here is what it says:
I have been one of the people on the streets, I have been lucky enough to have agent x and some of the people on here,help me to pay for my camper trailer and am very grateful, I have opened my door and am allowing a couple to stay with me, they have been struggling with addiction and now they are expecting a baby in February. I may not have much to offer but am grateful to be able to help someone else since I have been lucky to have people help to keep me off the streets since I am disabled. I often pray for the churches and others to open their doors for even one night and help,thank you Agent X and the others who have helped me,may you all be blessed, much love from agent MDJ
Yes, one of the readers here, Agent MDJ – a reader who has benefited prayerfully and financially (from deep sacrifice too, I might add) – has answered the knock at the door that the shepherds at the church are committed to ignoring.
I invite my readers here to pray for Agent MDJ. She has opened her tiny, broken home to the “least of these” – risking everything she has to love others.
Oh… and talk to me about STEWARDSHIP now too, PLEASE! This secret agent took the hundreds of dollars donated to help her last year and bought her home with it. And now she is paying it all forward with everything she’s got. She is investing in heaven!!! How is that for stewardship?
I am sure you can see the risk involved. It is the same risk my shepherds are unwilling to face and will hold me in contempt for pointing it out. The risk is enormous! The odds are exceptionally long!! The outcome is almost certain failure!!!
And that is exactly what St. Peter thought of Jesus’ ministry (Mark 8:31-32).
Which means either God is at work in this or why bother? (The shepherds are not bothered.)
So… again. I ask you for prayers for Agent MDJ and the guests she has taken in to her tiny home. The Christmas season approaches, and a child is on the way. A peasant child in the belly of a young, peasant girl claiming she is a virgin! (or a woman battling addiction!). A child is on the way and there is no room at the church! But the child is on the way!! The parents find lodging in a barn (or camper trailer big enough for one or two), but that is where the door opened.
And that door needs our prayers.