â€œAsk, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.â€
The month of November is dedicated to remembering our dearly departed. As I reflect on this month, I cannot help but pause to consider what will happen to me. I do not do this to be morbid or to dwell on dark things, in fact I try to focus on those I will leave behind. I guess thatâ€™s one of those habits of a part time genealogist. I also like to annoy my family by telling them the songs I would like played at the post funeral repast. The one song I would love to have played is â€œKnocking On Heavenâ€™s Door.â€ Any version is fine: Bob Dylan, Guns Nâ€™ Roses, or Eric Clapton. I particularly like Warren Zevonâ€™s version or the Polish version by Babsztyl – â€œPukajÄ…c do nieba bram.â€ We often feel we are standing just outside heavenâ€™s door. We stand there knocking. This takes two forms. One form of knocking is the kind we do every day – looking for reasons, seeking help, trying to get to an answer. The other form of knocking is the one we anticipate doing. What it will be like when I get there. Will I be left on the porch, at the gate, knocking and waiting? The hardest thing to get in our walk of faith is the sort of confidence that tells us â€˜the door will be open.â€™ Yet, that is what Jesus promises us. The words above, taken from Matthew, Chapter 7, are the start of His promise. Jesus goes on to say: â€œFor everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.â€ He goes on to describe how our Heavenly Father will provide good to those who ask. He didnâ€™t say these things so we would wonder or be fearful. In the Polish version, the singer cries out: BÅ‚agam Panie otwÃ³rz mi Zanim mrok pochÅ‚onie mnie. [I beg You, Lord, open the door Before darkness consumes me.] As we face this month of memory, and perhaps some self-reflection, let us take time to ask Jesus to reinforce our confidence. Let us realize we are never outside the door. We donâ€™t have to knock, He has already opened the door for us.
Our newsletter discusses the month of November, the remembrance of our dearly departed, and includes a memorial for our former Pastor, Rt. Rev. Å›p. Stanley Bilinski, who entered his eternal rest just as the month began. Taking a simultaneously somber and hopeful approach, our newsletter covers events throughout the month. We prepare for the mailing of our Valentine’s Raffle tickets, the events of Advent, and two beautiful reflections on sharing our faith – plus one positive missionary step each of us can take. We also wish everyone a great Thanksgiving. Consider using the prayer included in the Newsletter.
Check out all this and more in our November 2018 Newsletter.