297px-Hunt_Light_of_the_WorldAsk and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

In the mid 1800s, William Holman Hunt painted a famous image titled: Light of the World. In the painting, the figure of Jesus is about to knock on a door with no handle. The lantern of Christ shines upon the overgrown weeds that frame the door.

As I reflect upon this painting, I’m reminded that Jesus stands at the doorway of every heart. We are free to keep it locked, if we so choose. Though our Lord comes in friendship, we don’t have to let him in.

During these Lenten days, consider opening the door from your side. In the presence of God, you will find the hope and comfort you seek. In the light of his forgiveness, your sins will be uprooted and the warmth of healing will come.