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What is on the other side of the door?

20 July 2010

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A very sick man visited his doctor in a small rural village. As he was leaving, he suddenly blurted out: “Doctor, I am afraid to die. You are a person of faith. Tell me what lies on the other side.”
Very quietly the doctor said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining. He opened the door and the patient’s spaniel sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice your dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened he sprang in without fear.
”I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing: I know my Master is there, and that is enough. And when the door opens, I shall pass through with no fear, but with gladness.”

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