A Writing Contest: Where in the World Wednesdays! Week Three Winner!!!

Welcome to “Where in the World Wednesdays?”

What would you think if we moved to Fridays? I seem to unfairly miss posting on Wednesdays…

Follow these rules:

1) Check in to the “where in the world?” link, right here on Word Traveling

2. Grab a guess at where (or what) the image is…

3. WRITE. WRITE. WRITE. Poems, thoughts, inspirations, stories…. wherever the words take you.

Post your words in the comments below! Homeschoolers, young adults and poets are WELCOME and encouraged to participate!

4. Enter your email at right to follow my blog.  LIKE us on Facebook.  Link your words and my contest to your site! (please share the link love)

5. Come back the the following Week, I’ll announce the winner of the signed, matted 5×7 image which inspired the winning words! (Give me 4-6 weeks to get it to you!)

6. Write again. There will be a new image to inspire words! The instructions will remain, but the image will change!  Scroll through past comments to see other entires as they take flight!

This Week’s Image- 

Last week’s Image: The Door to Nowhere:
Where in the World Wednesday
Congratulations to Last Week’s Winners- De Jackson for her fansical words of “Fringe Hinges!” &
 S.E. Ingraham for guessing the location of Sonoma, California. Have you been there, too, my friend?

I could write some words to describe the door myself, but none would do any door more justice than this classic poem by Sam Shoemaker.

The door I pray to have my hand holding is not of this world.

I heard this in 2005, read by a friend and Pastor, Jud Wilhite,  when I was new and being awakened to the amazing things of Jesus (even after growing up in a “church”)

See if these words sing for your heart as they have for mine….

I Stand by the Door

I stand by the door.
I neither go too far in, nor stay too far out,
The door is the most important door in the world-
It is the door through which people walk when they find God.
There’s no use my going way inside, and staying there,
When so many are still outside and they, as much as I,
Crave to know where the door is.
And all that so many ever find
Is only the wall where a door ought to be.
They creep along the wall like blind people,
With outstretched, groping hands.
Feeling for a door, knowing there must be a door,
Yet they never find it …
So I stand by the door.

The most tremendous thing in the world
Is for people to find that door–the door to God.
The most important thing any person can do
Is to take hold of one of those blind, groping hands,
And put it on the latch–the latch that only clicks
And opens to the person’s own touch.
People die outside that door, as starving beggars die
On cold nights in cruel cities in the dead of winter—
Die for want of what is within their grasp.
They live, on the other side of it–live because they have not found it.
Nothing else matters compared to helping them find it,
And open it, and walk in, and find Him …
So I stand by the door.

Go in, great saints, go all the way in–
Go way down into the cavernous cellars,
And way up into the spacious attics–
It is a vast roomy house, this house where God is.
Go into the deepest of hidden casements,
Of withdrawal, of silence, of sainthood.
Some must inhabit those inner rooms.
And know the depths and heights of God,
And call outside to the rest of us how wonderful it is.
Sometimes I take a deeper look in,
Sometimes venture in a little farther;
But my place seems closer to the opening …
So I stand by the door.

There is another reason why I stand there.
Some people get part way in and become afraid
Lest God and the zeal of His house devour them
For God is so very great, and asks all of us.
And these people feel a cosmic claustrophobia,
And want to get out. “Let me out!” they cry,
And the people way inside only terrify them more.
Somebody must be by the door to tell them that they are spoiled
For the old life, they have seen too much:
Once taste God, and nothing but God will do any more.
Somebody must be watching for the frightened
Who seek to sneak out just where they came in,
To tell them how much better it is inside.
The people too far in do not see how near these are
To leaving–preoccupied with the wonder of it all.
Somebody must watch for those who have entered the door,
But would like to run away. So for them, too,
I stand by the door.

I admire the people who go way in.
But I wish they would not forget how it was
Before they got in. Then they would be able to help
The people who have not yet even found the door,

Or the people who want to run away again from God,

You can go in too deeply, and stay in too long,
And forget the people outside the door.
As for me, I shall take my old accustomed place,
Near enough to God to hear Him, and know He is there,
But not so far from people as not to hear them,
And remember they are there, too.
Where? Outside the door–
Thousands of them, millions of them.
But–more important for me–
One of them, two of them, ten of them,
Whose hands I am intended to put on the latch.
So I shall stand by the door and wait
For those who seek it.
“I had rather be a door-keeper …”
So I stand by the door.


~Sam Shoemaker, founder of Faith At Work at Calvary Episcopal


2 responses to “A Writing Contest: Where in the World Wednesdays! Week Three Winner!!!”

  1. S.E.Ingraham Avatar

    Fridays would work – keep me posted!

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