Quote of the Day: Whenever one door closes, another one opens.
Or, as Maria says it in The Sound of Music, When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.
This image comes from the store called The Olde Open Window.
My word for the year is OPEN. Roxane, blogger at Peace Garden Writer, discussed the word for the year with me. She said that sometimes you also experience it’s opposite. For me, that would be close, closed, maybe even closing.
Sometimes, something has to close in order for another to open. Sometimes, we’re open to that change. Sometimes, we resist it. I attended a decluttering workshop once where the instructor gave me an image. If we hold tightly to our old ways and our old things we are closed up, fists clenched, pulled into ourselves. But, if we open our hands, fling wide our arms, we are now open for something new and better.
So, I’m starting out my year of the word OPEN, with a closing. My church, which was a start-up Lutheran church in our area, is closing. We weren’t able to grow enough in the past six year to sustain a viable existence. This smaller faith community was just what I needed. They embraced me, healed me, and lifted me up. I felt like I belonged in this smaller parish. They seemed more authentic and close-knit compared to larger congregations, and everyone’s efforts were appreciated. Rejoice Lutheran was there for me when I needed it. It’s a place where I let my musical talents shine. I will miss the community.
So, now what? I don’t know. Maybe I’m meant to be more global in my spirituality? Maybe it’s time to step back and be open to other possibilities.
What will open up from this closing?
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Has January sparked some change in your life? Any closings? Anything new opening for you?
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Sorry about your church. Maybe it was the right place for you to grow at the time. Now that you’ve grown, you are ready for something bigger.
Can’t wait to hear about all the things that will open up for you! Be like the cat on the windowsill sticking his nose out the tiny crack in the hopes of all the possibilities of the world outside.
Me, too, Mary.
My husband and I have both termed 2013 as our year to be ‘open for a vision.’
Happy everything to you, my dear. 🙂
Ending things aren’t always easy, but sometimes necessary if we are to grow.
Mary, I love how you are “open” to the possibility of a “closing” leading to more openings. Which it will, of course. It’s always a little disorienting, though, to find yourself at an open window. And then you step up a bit and look out and…wow! There is so much to discover. And then you climb up and out and fly. 🙂 I’m looking forward to hearing about the adventure I know is in store. How could it not be with a word like OPEN? 🙂
I’m sure something new will open up. Can’t wait to hear what it is!
I am sorry that things have been so difficult and I know that you will get to experience the open aspects as well. I think you are right, when God Closes one door, He opens a window and it is my own fault that my butt is too big to fit through it. I hope to fix that soon. I wish you all the best.
How wonderful! I will be very much looking forward to seeing how this opening evolves. Happy trails and blue skies–and when they aren’t, we know you’ll be growing right along. How lucky we are that we get to journey here with you.
Peace and continued good things for you, Mary!
Hi Mary! Granny always said there are many different routes to happiness.
Hope you had a nice holiday season…
I love your thoughts on “open” and “closed”. The two are intertwined.
It makes me think that we have to remain “open” and embrace new opportunities; keep an “open” mind instead of being narrow-minded… try to see the bigger picture…