The Jehovah Witnesses just came to my door.
Which is not all that remarkable. I was nice to them once and so they now come pretty regularly.
And since that first time, it always seems to be at the wrong moment: I’m under deadline, preoccupied, sad, dealing with the catastrophe of the moment. Today I happened to be sick and coughing and in no mood to have a conversation.
Some days I hastily answer the door and shoo them away. Other times I cower in a back room, peeking out the window until I see t
hem drive off.
What gets me though is how they just keep showing up.
I page through this month’s edition of “Awake!”. There’s a delightful three paragraph article about Liechtenstein where perhaps one day I might visit. I see a picture of Käsknöpfle, a dish that Liechtensteinians apparently like to eat. The photo of the cheesy onion pasta makes me feel hungry.
I take a quiz on what Jehovah Witnesses believe and get half the answers wrong. There’s an article about staying positive. And another on how to make real friends. Looking at the photographs I feel safe and happy.
Once while teaching Sunday School my Uncle Eriks asked the young children to define faith.
“Faith,” answered one young boy, “is believing in something that you know not to be true.”
Do these adherents believe that one day I shall invite them in and we will discuss God over tea? True faith, indeed.
Or do they believe that even if I never answer their call, the Lord’s will shall be wrought simply by knocking on the door, that the knock itself is the instrument of God?
Now that is a different order of Faith entirely.
Tonight I invite you all to make Käsknöpfle.