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Opening Windows by Pam May

David and I have a new house.  Since closing, we have made some discoveries about the house, and we also think we have gained a little insight into the previous owner.  We believe she was extremely security conscious.  One reason we think this is that at every door there is a sign letting everyone know that the house is security monitored by ADT, Rollins, Securitylink, and there may be others; I can’t remember.  David also thinks that for reasons of safety, the previous owner had the windows painted and caulked shut.  There is not a window in the house that we can open.  One of the projects I am working on in my spare time is to strip paint and caulk from around the windows.  It’s quite a job.

One discovery David made, hiding in a closet, was a screen for the front door.  He put it in, and we have some fresh air!  We can feel a breeze.  I can smell the flowers from the flower beds right outside the door.  I can hear the birds.  I can hear the kids walking by after school.  Who knew a little screen would be such a blessing.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from the Old Testament, and it begins “Fear not for I am with you, be not afraid for I am your God.”  I also love the message the angel gave to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all people.”  Jesus also modeled for us a life of not fearing “the other” or people that are different from us.

I wonder how many times we miss a blessing for ourselves or others because we are afraid and start painting and caulking closed the windows in our lives.

So, let’s get busy, and get to work to start prying up those windows.

Pam May

Pam serves Second as Ministry Assistant for Office Support.

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