Forgetful heart
Like a walking shadow in my brain
All night long
I lay awake and listen to the sound of pain
The door has closed forevermore
If indeed there ever was a door

Forgetful Heart

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My wife and I attended Bob's concert on November 11, 2009, in Fairfax, Virginia. Right after he finished singing those last two lines, a noticeable part of the audience immediately responded with applause and cheers even before the music finished. Interesting. There was something about those lines that struck an all too familiar cord, apparently.

There is comfort in numbers. There is comfort in knowing Bob understands loss. The entire song speaks to that reality, but these last two lines speak especially to the possibility that the disheartening loss we experienced in life really did not have that much import or significance to begin with. Maybe it was not an opportunity. Maybe it really wasn't meant to fulfill anything. Maybe it was simply our own doing when we should have done something else, which happens often in our lives, and we can put it behind us with the same perspective that comes with those more mundane ordinary events. Why not? So we applaud that thought.

Of course there are open doors that are destined. The only open doors that are certain are the ones God opens for us. How we know the difference comes from listening to what he has to say about those doors. Then there will be no regrets and no need to rationalize an earlier bad entrance.
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“I tell you the solemn truth, the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens the door for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice.” Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”

John 10:1-10

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write the following:
“This is the solemn pronouncement of the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens doors no one can shut, and shuts doors no one can open: ‘I know your deeds. (Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) I know that you have little strength, but you have obeyed my word and have not denied my name.'""

Jesus said, “Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.”

Revelation 3:7-8, 20