Monday, April 22, 2013

One about knocking on doors

I know that door-knocking and its merits and difficulties, for either letting people know about an event or telling people about Jesus, is often a highly contested means amongst Christians. So I was entertained when I read this little anecdotal description in Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. No doubt it could be used in your reasoning whether in favour or against, as it speaks of the possibilities, as well as the perils.

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There is nothing like a doorbell to precipitate the potential into the kinetic. When you stand outside a door and push the button, something has to happen. Someone must respond; whatever is inside must be revealed. Questions will be answered, uncertainties or mysteries dispelled. A situation will be started on its way through unknown complications to an unpredictable conclusion. The answer to your summons may be a rush of tearful welcome, a suspicious eye at the crack of the door, a shot through the hardwood, anything. Any pushing of any doorbell button is as rich in dramatic possibility as that scene in Chekhov when, just as the Zemstvo doctor’s only child dies of diphtheria and the doctor’s wife drops to her knees beside the bed and the doctor, smelling of carbolic, takes an uncertain step backward, the bell sounds sharply in the hall.
~Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner

1 comment:

Karen said...

I am reading this book for a second time, as we are reading it for the Book Group I belong to. It's great being able to savour the details in his descriptions this time around!