An open door: may not be in God’s will—

A golden knob could lead to some landfill.

A padlocked door: God may want me to knock

And knock, then grasp His key and turn the lock.


No door so shut that Christ won’t push ajar;

How thick, how broad, how high, or even far.

If Christ—who knows what’s best—closes a door,

Grant me the sense to wait, and Him adore.

The writer has written sacred and secular verse for decades. He has been published in Prairie Messenger, Windhover, The Anglican Theological Review, Ancient Paths, The Christian Communicator, Time of Singing, The Christian Century, and others. He is a member of the Winston Salem Writers. He serves a life sentence, condemned to write verse. His Jesus Through A Poet’s Lens is now available via Kindle.