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Two days before my open heart surgery, my Christian neighbor told me that she had received confirmation from God in her prayers that He would extend my life because:  "He knows you will tell everyone about it!"  And to that mission I have tried to be faithful…from the time I awoke from surgery to the present day.   My wife and I have used my "heart story" to witness to medical personnel and even waiters and waitresses in restaurants as well as many others that God brings across our paths each day.  Truly God has not only given me a "new song" but a whole new mission field.  And so my new life focus is reflected by Ps. 40:3,10 which I feel was written just for this time in my life:

"He (God) has given me a new song to sing, 
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what He has done
And be astounded.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
I have not kept this good news
Hidden in my heart; I have talked about Your
faithfulness and saving power.  I have told
everyone..Of Your unfailing love and faithfulness.

Life Stories

See You at the Door

Sent:  March 8, 2002

Subject:  See You at the Door

Good Morning Ethan & Emily:

At 7:00 a.m. on September 12, 1990, students in four states met around their school flagpoles to pray.  The next year "See You at the Pole" became a national event with students all over the world meeting around flagpoles for prayers and fellowship.  This last year more than 23 U.S. High Schools had more than 500 in attendance.

I suppose you might say I have a very personal event somewhat like this every morning on our front porch at the front door with only myself and God in attendance.  I look forward to it every week day as I go outside to get the morning paper in the dark of the early morning before sunrise.

As you know, we have a six panel front door, and the central portion forms a cross.  I have even heard these types of doors referred to as "Christian" doors…I'm sure because of the cross symbolism.  I am a "visual" person, and I have made it a practice each morning while I am out on our front porch to visualize Jesus as being on this "door" cross in my mind.  As I kneel on the front steps I am always humbled as I renew my understanding of His love and what He did for me on Calvary in giving His life and shedding His blood for my sins.

Kneeling, I confess my sins, and upon rising I have made it a practice to place my outstretched hands at each end of the "crossbar" on the door and imagine that I am taking hold of Jesus' hands…not to confirm my belief as did Thomas (John 20:25) but just to affirm to Him my appreciation and love for all He has done.  As I do this, I try to visualize the imprints of the nails and the blood that He shed.

Now you probably think:  "Dad has gone bonkers and is just "too weird" to be doing this, but for me, it "works" and with tears often in my eyes I find I have no problem expressing my love and having a very precious time of communication…just "me and my God."

As I have told you in other devotions, a part of this early morning "routine" is that I stand in the doorway and announce as did Joshua long ago:  "But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15b).  I pray for Marilyn and each of you, and I pray for His wisdom and protection during the day.  I also ask God to bless us in the spirit and words of the "prayer of Jabez" (1 Chronicles 4:10).

Before walking around to the front porch, I start this routine by picking up the morning newspaper out on the driveway.  As I walk to get the paper, I look up into the early morning sky and "acknowledge Him in all my ways."  I am always comforted with the assurance of knowing that in so doing He will "direct my paths (steps)" as He promised (Prov. 3:5-6).  But the praise and adoration part of this "routine" at the front door is what I love the most.

God is always with us, but as I go to sleep each night, I am gain blessed as I acknowledge Him in anticipation of our time together in the morning:  "See You at the Door."  In spirit, I invite you to be there with us.

Well, I must leave for work.  Have a super day.

From one "weird" but blessed Dad who prays daily for you.

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