I walked through a door and knew there was more
So I looked around and saw many more doors
And I could not stay in one place
It’s not that I thought it was a race
I was curious to see what might be in the next
The little words were good
―Food for my soul
Kindness, Peace, and Harmony
But I decided to continue to roll
I kept stepping through, always finding
A place without race, that is filled with grace
There is passion and love
Beings embracing life
And far less strife
Captivating music drifting about
And children playing voicing Joyful shouts
Big words exist ― Oh I could not resist
There were no diseases
Everyone was important!
Everyone was capable of being smart at something
Everyone opposed separation of church and state
What Harmony I saw!
And many created unimaginable creations;
It was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
And best of all I was surrounded by a sea of unconditional, eternal, undying love.
Nobody was mean
No one unseen
No violence or hate
Or state of disgrace
I think I’ll call it Edendelectalicious
Now you might be suspicious
I completely understand
But I doubt you will want to argue with my plan
I believe the shape and design of a door can add character to any house or building. And because the door is the entryway and often the first thing one sees, the doors’ architecture is critical in making buildings and communities appealing. Evoking or attracting interest and curiosity is desirable most of the time, in my opinion. There are always those times when one prefers to hide, and then having an ugly door could be useful. But that’s not the point of this topic.
Curiosity, intrigue, and excitement is the topic I want to focus on. A beautiful door generally leads me to believe that there is something beautiful on the other side. It piques my interest to find out. Most of the time, I love it when what I find on the other side surprises me. Personally, I have experienced good, devastation, and the entire gamut in between upon opening a door and peering in. Don’t forget, I raised three sons, so I have seen a few scary things after walking through a door.
In my travels, I have viewed some magnificent doors. Particularly, church doors that were enormous and magnificently hand-carved. I like quaint homes with interestingly shaped doors of various colors, textures, materials, and homes with unusual roof lines and angles. I often like to imagine who lives in them and what their lives might be like. What does your door say about you and your family? And what might I find inside if you invite me?
Zachariah 11, NIV
11 Open your doors, Lebanon,
so that fire may devour your cedars!
2 Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen;
the stately trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan;
the dense forest has been cut down!
3 Listen to the wail of the shepherds;
their rich pastures are destroyed!
Listen to the roar of the lions;
the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
Judges 3, NIV
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