Standing Ajar

It is enough to enter

the templar
halls of museums, for

example, or
the chambers of churches,

and admire
no more than the beauty

there, or
remember the graveness

of stone, or
whatever. You don’t

have to do any
better. You don’t have to

understand
the liturgy or know history

to feel holy
in a gallery or presbytery.

It is enough
to have come just so far.

You need
not be opened any more

than does
a door, standing ajar.
~Todd Boss “It is Enough to Enter”

photo by Barb Hoelle

It is enough to be open.

It is enough to have come this far.

I don’t need to have my questions answered.

I don’t need to have places to be, things to do, people to see.

It is enough to stand ajar like an unlocked door, looking in and wondering what or who might pass through.

Who knows what might happen next?

the wardrobe from C.S. Lewis’ childhood home built by his grandfather, later to serve as his inspiration for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from his home “The Kilns” at Oxford. Now at the Marion Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois

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3 thoughts on “Standing Ajar

  1. Yes – of course this pictorial testament to the glory of God is breathtaking beyond description.
    And yet….I wonder if Jesus would feel comfortable, ‘at home’ there or any similar magnificent setting — He, the itinerant preacher, born in an animal feeding place and refuge, traveled mostly on foot in the poor countryside and in teeming cities full of unrest under the eyes of a cruel occupying Roman army, slept and had meals wherever He was offered a place to stay for the night and, finally, His “Church’ became a grisly humiliating, painful death nailed to a tree,
    honored and loved by only a few brave followers present at the scene, and jeered by a crowd chanting for His death. His final (temporary) resting place in death offered by a friend and follower.was in a burial cave hidden away by a large stone,

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  2. As I reflect on Emily & Alice’s thoughts, I remember Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 8:9: “For you know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

    How amazing is the portrait of Jesus, fully God and fully man, we’re given in the Gospels and throughout Scripture—Leaving glorious, sumptuous heaven, putting on flesh to be made like us in every way, dwell with us, die for us! But also to ascend to glorious, sumptuous heaven to sit at God’s right hand, living to intercede for us mere mortals!

    Might the freedom we’re given to worship in modest and minimal settings as well as grand monuments to the wonder and beauty and glory of God–and countless variations between–all be true expressions of worship when given sincerely to God from hearts that worship God in spirit and truth? Jesus seemed to open that door wide in John 4, making all who know Him rich, indeed!

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