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Open and shut
Linda Wegner

A recent post on Facebook caught my attention. Although many folks are turned off by that page, I have appreciated recent attempts to counteract all the depressing news associated with COVID. So, following that introduction, here’s what made me pause and smile.

A sign, advertising a mechanical garage, read: “When one door closes, another opens…” Oh so true, I said to myself but before I could get too philosophical, I finished reading. Here’s where the grin slid on my face: “Otherwise, it’s a good car.”

But before I go any further, I want to express my deep appreciation for officials who are doing their best to deal with this horrid pandemic. Lately there are more closed doors than open ones where I live. A few examples include restaurants permitting only take-out or patio dining; shopping limited to purchasing essential goods only; inviting friends and neighbours outside our “bubble” has been curtailed; and, effective immediately, reasons for ferry travel must be stated and limited to essential factors. There are so many closed doors right now, finding the open doors isn’t that easy. Personally, my world has shrunk to include trips to the drug store, one grocery store and picking up my morning tea at a local drive-through.

But what about those open doors? As I think back to decades-ago calamities, how grateful I am for Zoom church. Not what I’d chose, but it’s an open door. Telephone calls to friends I’ve not seen or talked to for years suddenly become important as are those chats across the streets with wonderful neighbours.

Life isn’t what it was or what we currently wish for, but He is faithful.

“These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He who opens and no one will [be able to] shut, and He who shuts and no one opens.”
April 26, 2021