the small gate

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 101, 109:1-4 (5-19) 20-30 (Morning)
Psalm 119:121-144 (Evening)
2 Kings 18:9-25
1 Cor. 8:1-13
Matt. 7:13-21

the small gate

The Gospel according to Matthew offers us this teaching from Jesus, “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Several times a week I sit in silence with a very small group of people. Sometimes it’s just one person. Often it’s three or four. A couple times a week it gets as high as eight or 10. I open my studio for this practice at 6 o’clock in the evening four times a week. Two of the groups I get to sit with meet at St. Paul’s. One meets at the Alano Club on Sunday evenings at 5:30.

When I began this practice I anticipated multitudes of people coming together to change the world through silent meditation. I know it sounds ridiculous. But I am, if nothing else, a dreamer. Or maybe, to be more accurate, I am an ego inflated old fart. Whatever. All my dreams or fantasies of grandeur both in faith and in art have dwindled down to finding their significance in very small relationships. I do my best work with restless four-year-olds one on one. And my deepest experiences of Presence have been given to me sitting in silence with three or four of God’s most precious gifts of love…my friends.

“small is the gate that leads to life.” Perhaps this small gate is small not by virtue of how tough and challenging it is but because it is so simple and sweet… sitting in silence with a few incredible friends… making a halfway decent picture of a small child for her mama. This is the narrow little road that leads to life for me. Many blessings… so very many blessings…thank You, thank You, thank You, and many blessings.

And so, once again, in the end we are left sitting in a room full of people perfectly capable of loving one another.

Written by Andrew Kilgore

I am a photographic artist living and working in Arkansas since 1971. I have a degree in philosophy and a year of seminary. I began with the intention of a life in ministry. I have ended up serving that ministry with a life full of pictures. Praise the lord!

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