Facing the Door
Posted on July 6, 2018 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. (Psalm 119:132 ESV)
You can probably recall a time when you entered a room and felt out of place, like you didn’t belong. No one turned to welcome you, making you feel very awkward.
My sister-in-law told me about a seminar she went to that talked about “facing the door” at your church. Too many times we huddle with those we know and when a new person comes in he/she feels like an outsider. The challenge given was to “face the door” of your church so that you can make others feel welcome. I’ve thought of this so often. As I’ve been a visitor, I scan the room to look for a friendly face to see if I’ll be welcomed or if anyone cares that I am there. My husband and I once visited a church where no one said a thing to us the entire time we were there. Even when they had people stand and turn and shake hands, no one even said hello. After the service, we looked at each other and simply turned and walked out. We’ve often laughed about that day. We never went back. It has also helped me to remember how important it is to “face the door” and make sure no one goes away feeling unwelcome.
The next time you feel alone, or unwanted, remember that your heavenly Father turns toward you and is gracious to you.
Joyce Hayes is our Artist-in-Residence and Event Hostess. She is married to Robert Hayes, our Director of Programming, and has two sons, Jordan and Carter Hayes. She also has a beautiful daughter-in-law, Michelle Hayes, and a precious grandson, Noah Hayes.
This devotional was first published in Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2.