Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

The Thing About Gates

 I have had a fascination with gates for some time now.  There were several beautiful gates at historical Williamsburg that I noticed and photographed.  Some were very ornate and some were simply constructed.  Gates opened unto estates with beautiful homes, and gates opened unto lavish gardens.  While we were in Costa Rica I noticed, in particular, a gate in front of a Catholic church.  It looked like a revolving door and was quite ornate.  Was it usable ?  I don't know.
 In my mind, a gate looks like a welcome invitation.  Most gates can be entered without a problem, but others are fastened with bars of iron.  Some are open 24/7 and others are shut at night-fall.  Some gates have had a battering ram used against them.  
 I had forgotten how many gates are mentioned in the Bible.  In regards to the temple are mentioned gates of Zion, gates of righteousness, and gates of The Lord.  Numerous gates are mentioned of Jerusalem:  Fish gate, Sheep gate, Gate of Miphkad, Gate of Ephraim, Valley Gate, Water Gate, Horse Gate, Old Gate, Corner Gate, Dung Gate, and Gate of the Fountain.
 But the gate that we should all be most concerned about is in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
 Christ is the Gateway and it is only through Him that we can be saved.  It is through Jesus our Savior that the end of our life is not the end; only a beginning with Him and our Father. Hallelujah.