Annette said suddenly, “Grandmother, what does it mean when it says that Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts?”

“It means” said Grandmother, laying down her knitting and giving Annette her whole attention, “that the Savior sees that your life is full of wrong things and dark thoughts. He came down and was crucified so that He might bear the punishment of those wrong deeds and those dark thoughts instead of you.

Then He arose so that He could come into your life and live in you, and turn out all wrong thoughts, and think His good and loving thoughts in you instead.

It is like a man knocking at the door of a dirty, dark, dusty house and saying, ‘If you will let me in I will clear away the dirt and the darkness and make it beautiful and bright.’

But, remember, He never pushes in-He only asks if He may come in. That is what knocking means.

You have to say,’Yes Lord Jesus, I need you and want you to come and live with me’-that is what opening the door means.

Annette’s eyes were fixed on Grandmothers; there was a long, long pause.

Annette broke the silence.

“But, Grandmother, ” she said, drawing her stool nearer and leaning against the old woman’s knee, “if you hated someone, you could not ask Jesus to come in, could you?”

“If you hate someone,” said Grandmother, “it just shows how badly you need to ask Him to come in. The darker the room, the more it needs the light.”

Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John