The Door

There is a door – cracked open a bit 
It seems Heaven is peeking through
A Silence beckons to enter it 
Behind, Heaven’s Hope rings true. 

The door asks for all to make a choice 
To walk through or not enter in 
Draws the heart of man with an unheard voice 
To cross over – leave a life of sin. 

But beware as you walk through this unseen door 
You must pay with your life for a pass 
It will cost everything and requires yet more 
When you follow this Hope at last. 

For when you enter, you’ll leave this earth 
Forsake what you once through right 
Find that over the threshold lays all of your worth 
There, see Heaven holding your might. 

If you like to enter the Hope above 
You can never pass others ways
For the door is the Man of Sorrow and Love 
For your choice with His life He’s paid. 

“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, 
he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Jesus, John 10:9

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year,
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown!”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness
and put your hand into the Hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light
and safer than a known way.”

So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God,
trod gladly into the night.

And He led me toward the hills
and the breaking of day in the lone East. 

– M. Louise Haskins

(Poem (above) and pictures, Heidi Viars, 2020)

6 responses to “The Door”

  1. “If you like to enter the Hope above / You can never pass others ways.” I entered the door of Hope as a young child and have never desired to pass another way. Hope brings with it so much more, like peace, joy, strength, and contentment. Praise God for the Man of Sorrow, His Son, who paid with his life for my choice. Thank you, Heidi, for adding beauty to truth with your artful poetry!


  2. Thank you, Heidi. This is beautiful, grace-inspired, heaven-sent, drawing us to the Door and the Light.
    Blessings as we present ourselves as living sacrifices for His glory.


  3. Ah, Heidi, to live is not to make that choice once, but it is a constant change maker of God loving me and me responding every day every moment. Should I make a poor choice His love and grace are new every morning! I like this piece, reminding me to choose! ❤❤❤


  4. Ah, Bonhoeffer! Great reading, but not light reading. He’s a favorite of mine.

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  5. Excellent. Your poem reminds me of a Jim Elliot quote: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain something he cannot lose.” Blessings.


    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, David. I am making my way (again) through Bonhoeffer’s “The Cost of Discipleship” … I am reminded anew about what it truly means to follow Jesus.


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