January 30, 2017/ A Doorkeeper

It is normal for those of us who age to long for the past. After all, we lived it!

As my husband and I wait for the insurance ‘big-wigs’ to decide whether to overide the request of the cardiologist and allow his heart catherization, I am trying to keep him from undergoing additional stress.

It isn’t easy!

Stress is all around us. There is no way we can watch the news, most television programs (that glory in sex, violence, politics, and general depressing ad nauseam) so we are watching a lot of older shows. Shows that illustrate an era when women wore gloves and hats, and cooked in dresses, heels, and pearls! These shows are a bit of ‘comfort food’. One program that featured a gag about a restaurant had a segment with a hat check girl.

For those of you too young to remember, fine dining restaurants used to have comely young ladies who would hang up your coat and hat and give you a small ticket. That was their sole job. Then, we you finished eating, you would give the young woman your ticket and she would retrieve your outerwear. As a thank you, people would give this attendant a tip for her service.

In a way, this person was a ‘doorkeeper’. Oh, a lot of establishments had an actual doorman as well, but this young lady was responsible for keeping some very expensive garments (in those days well-heeled ladies wore real fur coats) safe.

David referred to a doorkeeper in Psalm 84: 10-12-For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

I had rather be a doorkeeper…the meaning of this is referenced in my Bible as: Choosing to sit at the threshold. Better in the lowliest position sitting in the hot sun with God, than to dwell in the shade with those who choose denial and wickedness.

We are often tempted to go astray and take an easier road. Being a Christian is not easy when faced with the world and all its temptations. Therefore, we have to cling to remember that it may be better to be thought of as lowly for following our faith. God has provided Christians with TWO rulers…the sun, and the SON.

As you walk in faith today, give thanks that you know have both of them in your life and ‘hold the door’ for someone around you as a small testament to being a doorkeeper in faith!


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