Here is part of today’s New Testament reading, from the Apocalypse: ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me’.

This recalls instantly George Herbert’s poem, ‘Love bade me welcome’: ‘Love bade me welcome: / yet my soul drew back, / Guilty of dust and sin. / But quick-ey’d Love, / observing me grow slack / From my first entrance in, / Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, / If I lack’d anything. / A guest, I answer’d, worthy to be here; / Love said, / you shall be he. / I the unkind, ungrateful? / Ah my dear, I cannot look on thee. / Love took my hand, and smiling did reply, / Who made the eyes but I? / Truth Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame / Go where it doth deserve. / And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame? / My dear, then I will serve. / You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat: /So I did sit and eat’.

May God bless you, and may you know His welcome in your heart.