[Thresholds] constitute the connective tissue that helps bind or separative activities and segue from one space to the next…Thresholds and Transitions mark changes in mood, tempo, and subject matter as people move from space to space. (Scott Doorley & Scott Witthof in Make Space (40).
Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me. (Revelation 3:20, Jesus speaking to the Laodicean church)
This summer is a threshold season for Open Door. June marked the beginning of this threshold with a season of sending. This summer we’ll continue to journey through the threshold.
While Open Door moves through this threshold, you're probably experiencing a threshold of your own (maybe more than one!). Job transitions, moving, navigating relationships, saying hellos, saying goodbyes. Sometimes it can be helpful to name transitions and thresholds out loud:
"Hi, my name is Dave, and I'm in the middle of _____. It's something of a threshold I'm moving through."
At Open Door, we care and devote ourselves to the cultivation and formation of followers of Jesus. As each of us, individually, is constantly in formation, so our community, the Open Door family, is in constant formation. As we explored during The Immigrants’ Journey, movement and change is intertwined with life - we follow and are formed by a God who moves!
Just as a seed’s journey is one of small and microscopic transformation before life-giving blossoming and fruitfulness, so we seek constant transformation, individually and collectively, into the image of Christ.
Our name - Open Door - points to the reality that what we do together is navigate life’s thresholds. I’m grateful and excited to navigate these thresholds with you all as we seek to receive and extend the unfolding story of God’s good news in our lives and in all the places we live, work and play!