The open door:
See, your king comes to you, righteous and
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted
up, you ancient doors of the world, that the King of glory may come
"Macht hoch die Tür, die Tor macht
weit; es kommt der Herr der Herrlichkeit ..."
The Word of the Crib:
See I have placed befor you an open door...
This is said by He who is holy and true,
who holds the key of David. What he opens no-one can shut, and what
he shuts no-one can open." And this is said to someone,
who "has little strength, yet has kept
my word and has not denied my name.
He who gives this promise is he who can say of himself:
Do not be afraid. I am the first and the
last: I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for
ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hell.
And this is the same Lord who as the child and as the Resurrected
One stands at the door saying:
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
..... ooooh, there is someone standing at the door.
Not stamping soldier's boots ready to kick the door in. And not
rifle butts yearning to fling it aside. And also no door to door
salesman, no beggar or thief aiming to enter without permission.
There is someone waiting - at the door - patiently, quietly.
It is the Lord of this whole, wide world.
And behind the door we crouch with all our sins, our problems, our
worries and duties, with our troubles and sorrows, with all the
disorder of our lives.
Why don't we open the door?
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
The answer to that should be:
Come, oh my Lord Jesus Christ,
The door of my heart is open to you ...
Nuremberg May 2002
In front of the door are on the left a piece
of black basalt rock from the Sea of Galilee and on the right two
pieces of limestone from the pastures near Bethlehem.