Monday night, April 15th 2013. Three pastors sat in the office of First Lutheran Church to find ways to serve our neighbors after our city was attacked. Our first move was to call the area hospitals and offer to make pastoral visits. We called every hospital in Boston and got the same response. “Thanks for the offer, but we’ve got all the help we need at the moment.” The doors were closed. We knew that there were people on the other side of those doors who could use a prayer and the encouragement on God’s Word: “I am with you always! And, “Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus!” But, the doors were closed.
Wednesday, April 17th. Tim Hetzner of Lutheran Church Charities called Tuft Medical Center and told them the dogs are here. The SWAT team armed with machine guns standing guard at the back door parted, the doors slid open, and a team of dogs, handlers, and pastors walked in to share the Comfort of Jesus to people in need. The doors were opened.
The difference between getting to share Jesus and not share Jesus is often the difference between a door being open or closed. As a missionary pastor living in New England I have learned that you use whatever means possible to get those doors open in order to be with the people who seek Jesus. If it takes a dog to unlock the door, find me a dog. We pray that our Comfort Dog will continue to open doors so that we can reach people to bring the Good News: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17