An opening

           Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
Whoever enters by me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.”

                           —John 10.7, 9

He says he’s a gate but we make him a wall.
An obstacle. A closure. A restriction
that limits access to God to the right people.

Jesus is here to let people in, not to keep them out.
He’s not a wall, but a door. Not a fence but a gateway.
An opening.
Jesus is for those who are searching for God,
sheep searching for good pasture,
who keep coming up against walls.
Fear is a wall.
Doubt and distrust is a wall.
People’s judgment and expectations are a wall.
Religion can be a wall.
But Jesus is an opening.
Through all the walls of right religion and being good enough
Jesus holds an opening. A gateway.
He says, “I am your opening.
Come in and go out, and find good pasture.
Let me love you. That is the gateway to everything.”

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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