A storm was rising as a cruise ship made its way into port. Because of the heavy seas, the regular gangway could not be used to disembark the passengers. Instead, a makeshift narrow gangway was substituted. It was so narrow it could accommodate only one passenger at a time. The going was treacherous as the swells caused the ship to sway and lurch. Nevertheless, each passenger in turn slowly and cautiously made his or her way down. Finally, a woman in her late seventies appeared at the top of the gangplank. Crew members stood motionless as she carefully edged her way down and, to everyone’s relief, stepped safely onto the dock. Then she turned, looked back up and called out, “It’s O.K. mother, you can come down now!”
When Jesus calls us into His Kingdom, He warns us that we must enter through a narrow passageway: “Enter by the narrow gate … for the way is hard that leads to life, and those who…
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