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Knock, Knock

February 26th, 2014by Joshua Danis

doorA couple of days ago, I was shaving and getting ready for work in the bathroom when I heard the gingerly sound of a toddler’s knock on the door.  “Who is it?” I asked.

“Heehee, it’s Michael!” came the giggling response.

I guess his mother has been teaching him closed door etiquette lately.  Being a child who loves repetition and coming to recognize patterns, Michael goes through the routine of opening and closing the door half a dozen times in the next two minutes.  I proceed to help him test out all the different responses he might get from knocking on a closed door.

“Just a minute!”

“Sorry, I’m busy.”

“Come on in!”

Slowly, he works the different answers out in his mind, and he begins to make sense of each of them.  It is so wonderful to see him enthusiastically discovering this new pattern of human interaction.  It’s just one of the joys of parenthood.

Now since my day job involves marriage enrichment and the promotion of the Domestic Church, the idea of relating these moments to faith is never far from my mind.  I start talking to my son about how Jesus is always knocking on the door of our heart, but he won’t push his way in.  He will listen and respect our response.  So what do we tell Jesus everyday with our thoughts and actions?

“Just a minute!”

“Sorry, I’m busy.”

“Come on in!”

Hopefully we are getting better all the time welcoming Jesus into the door of our hearts.

Five minutes later, while I was brushing my teeth, I got yet another toddler knock on the door.

“Who iiisss it?”

“Heehee, it’s Jesus!” came the giggling response.

 

 

 

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Joshua Danis

Joshua Danis is the Northern Coordinator for the Family and Respect Life Office. He and his wife also are working together to build their lives as a domestic church.