That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. (Luke 24:13-16 MSG)
The rhythmic crunch of my feet on the gravel road was my musical companion as I walked. One step followed another – a lot like life. We often walk alone, sometimes ahead as leaders and frequently alongside as friends and companions.
I thought of Jesus’ feet crunching Palestine’s roads- like us he walked alone, ahead and alongside. He walked for us into crowds, away from crowds, into conflict and hatred, to applause and adoration and ultimately death on a lonely hill.
On the Emmaus road, he walked along side two of us and even though they couldn’t recognize him he guided their thinking. Alive after his resurrection he walks with us today.
He walked in rhythm with his Father, with purpose and passion. He invites us to walk today where he leads into the brokenness and darkness of our human condition- with his courage, hope and faith in the father’s love.
A Prayer for Today
God, it gets lonely some days as we try to see your presence in tough relationships, hurting friends, ecological disaster and all the pain we share with others. Help us see you as you walk with us as well. We ask for your sustaining power and perspective to receive help when we need it and give help when we can … For Jesus’ sake