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Who’s That Knocking at My Door?

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“He departed from him until an opportune time.”
What a strange line.
We assume Luke meant the Garden of Gethsemane;
But we only have the story’s bare-bones, after all.
What if the devil chose other times that we just don’t know about?
“Opportunity knocks,” we say;
And maybe the devil does, too.
As maybe he did for Jesus.
But, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock,” John writes later.
So when I hear it, I say, “Who’s that knocking at my door?
“Is it the devil — or the Lord?”
Maybe Luke knew it’s never an easy question,
Even for Jesus.
Certainly not for me.
Probably, I daresay, not for you.
Lenten Christians recognize this —
Thus, we have our seasonal temptations;
But not whether or not to eat that piece of chocolate,
Rather, whether or not to think we know it all.
So we go to the door.
And the only way to know if it’s Jesus
Is if the choices offered aren’t easy.
So he keeps reminding us,
Year after year (if we read between the lines), that
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

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