"Come In!" by Hunter Madsen

"Come In!"

  

Dismissing Deism's conception of the unmoved and unmovable Prime Mover, all of the world's popular religions choose instead the other fork in the road, envisioning a universe supervised by an engaged God who seeks our spiritual advancement and invites worthy humans into a paradise of eternal contentment (attained mainly, ahem, after death).  

"Come In!" is the title of a poignant chamber piece by Vladimir Martynov, who introduces the work with this parable: 

"An ancient hermit said to his disciple: 'Strive to enter the inner cell of your soul and there you will behold the heavenly cell.  Both are one: you enter them by the same door.  The staircase to heaven is inside you: it exists secretly in your heart.' And it is true. Our whole life is but an attempt to find this miraculous entrance. All our deeds are but a timid knocking on this mysterious door. All our hopes are to hear, one day, perhaps, a voice that would respond, 'Come in!'"

This, ultimately, is the promise of God.   

  

 
TITLE - "Come In!"
WHERE - Port Moody, British Columbia (2015)