Last fall my daughter and I were in the alleyway of a nearby town, looking for unusual backdrops for pictures.
It was dirty and gray and several stray cats were scouring through dumpsters looking for food. My daughter, with her soft spot for furry felines immediately stuck her hand out, trying to befriend the bedraggled and lost.
Some of them came right up to her, hungry for the human touch and a kind word. Others cowered from her good intentions and scurried away, frightened of the unknown; their fear more powerful than their hunger.
How much we are like those alley cats. Sometimes we welcome the embrace of others, opening our hearts to a friendly face. Other times we shrink away, afraid to open the door to the unknown.
On this Easter Day, may we remember that the door is always open to the heart of God, and that He is waiting patiently for us to step through and trust in the Love that He gives to us all.