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I love the beautiful buildings at the west end of Glasgow and some have been renovated to a magnificent standard.
The spring sunshine made them look particularly outstanding and we admired them as we looked across the distinctive Glasgow skyline.
We strolled leisurely round terraces and gardens and it was good to feel the sun on our backs.
Then, nestled in the midst of all the buildings, was a truly lovely garden with inviting benches and blossom trees.
How good it would be to just sit a while and enjoy this little oasis in the city.
We walked round and round the wire fencing trying to find a way in.
Finally we found the door. It was padlocked with a security lock.
What a disappointment and what a waste of something worth sharing.
I thought of how blessed we are in Argyll to be able to leave doors unlocked.
Most of our churches are open day and night to extend a welcome to visitors.
Jesus once said that he was ‘the door’ – the door to life.
The way to Jesus is never locked or barricaded.
In his company, when we are stressed or worried, we can find that oasis of calm to refresh and renew our flagging souls.
There is no key to this door, for it is always open, always welcoming.
It’s a door that leads to a journey – the journey of a lifetime.
It was a journey begun long, long ago and continues now and into the future.
There will be companions on the way and it will never be dull.
Different people will bring different talents and sing different songs, but we will all have the same destination.