As the days of summer 2017 waned, my wife and I made a spur-of-the-moment and quick 2,500 mile drive from our home in Oregon to Cheyenne, Wyoming, without question our favorite city on the face of the earth.
Our day and a half in Cheyenne was spent riding horses, buffalo, and jackalope. We visited the Train Depot Museum, and the Nelson Museum of the West where I played the hymn To God be the Glory on an old square piano once played by Old West saloon keepers and more recently by Liberace and Elton John.
One of the highlights was our speedy trip to the State Capital Building. We not only walked freely into the Capital Building, but directly into the Governor’s office. I announced, We’re Richard and Kim Rice from Oregon, and we’d like to see the governor. It was already nearing 5 o’clock and he was gone for the day, but the State Treasurer, Mark Gordon, set aside his business to spend 30 minutes graciously talking with us about the state budget, the MouseTrap game, and his favorite cowboy boots just like we were old friends.
It is a gift to live in a nation where freedom is more than a meaningless political buzzword. We have direct access to our leaders – men like Mark Gordon who lead states we don’t even live in!
The Bible says that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
You and I have direct access to God the Father through Jesus, the Way and the Door to Heaven (John 10:9; 14:6). Because Jesus died on our behalf and today ministers as our great High Priest, we don’t need an advance appointment to come to the Father (Hebrews 4:14). We don’t stand outside the pearly gates knocking, crossing our fingers and hoping really hard that someone lets us in. The Father not only permits us to enter through the sacrifice Jesus made, but He welcomes us, saves us, and floods us with grace in our time of need.