“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19) This is the season of Easter. This is the time in which we rejoice in the Lord’s power over death and all things that can harm us. The story of “doubting Thomas” begins in a locked room containing fearful disciples. And it into just such a place that Jesus enters. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote regarding this text, “If Christ is to come and live in me, it will have to be according to the Gospel…Christ enters through closed doors.” Hiding behind locked doors takes on an entirely new meaning these days, doesn’t it? Christ graciously passes through all obstacles, even the ones that we set before him. Are there “locked doors” in your life? Are there places in which you hide because you are afraid? Let the reality of Easter confront you and do not be afraid. The risen Christ is in our midst and he truly loves you. God has seen us all through difficult days before, and God will see us though these hard times as well. Have a great week.