One of my favorite metaphors is the open gate. As I sit at the computer, I gaze at the collection of pictures on my wall. A black and white photograph shows a long road that leads to an opened gate. An expanse of land lies beyond the filigreed iron doors. I never tire of looking at this image as it evokes the promise of newness and hope. What will I find? What will I discover? The allure of mystery.
I must have the courage to pass through the gates. Sometimes I boldly stride through with confident expectation of what I'll find on the other side. Other times, I hover at the entrance, paralyzed by the uncertainty of that territory. More and more, I am practicing walking through the entry way, for God has opened those portals. He whispers in my ear, "Go on, go on. Good things await. Do not fear."
This Christmas I wish you all the courage, boldness and confidence you need to step across your personal thresholds. His grace encircles you.
And now to Him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in in His bright presence, fresh and celebrating--to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes. (Jude: 24-25~The Message)