The way into church!

26 Sep 2022 | Church | 0 comments

I see a door, a multitude near by,

In creed and quarrel, sure disciples all!

Gladly they would, they say, enter the hall,

But cannot, the stone threshold is so high….


But see, one comes; he listens to the voice;

Careful he wipes his weary dusty feet!

The voice hath spoken – to him is left no choice;

He hurries to obey – that only is meet.

Low sinks the threshold, levelled with the ground;

The man leaps in – to liberty he’s bound.

The rest go talking, walking, picking round.


George MacDonald (1824-1905), The Diary of an Old Soul, 16th and 18th April.



Notes from the Compiler

When in 1990 I went first to Holy Trinity Church in Lenton, and later to S. Andrew's Church on Mansfield Road in Nottingham, the black worshipers used to sit around the edges of the white congregation. The church warden, himself of colour, explained, 'We make ourselves small!' It reminds me of the words of Jesus: 'Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' (S. Matthew 18:3).


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