Week 38   Day 7



            two people walking home 

            discussing a tragedy they had experienced 

                        hopes dashed 

                        dreams shattered 

                        expectations evaporated 


            a stranger joins them on their journey 

            and asks the reason for their sadness 

                        surprised by the question 

                        amazed at the person not knowing 

                        pouring out their story 


            strangers have a way of blessing us

            and this one is no exception 

                        hearing mysteries explained

                        pondering the words 

                        listening to the clarity


            not until they reach their destination

            and invite the stranger to stay the night 

                        was Christ revealed to them 

                        their eyes were opened 

                        their faith renewed 


            come Lord Jesus and show us

            how to talk to strangers 

                        because it might be You 

                                    that we are speaking to

                                    that we are learning from 

                                    that we are inviting into our lives


            come Lord Jesus and break the bread again






                          PROCESSING JESUS' DEATH

      These two walkers are in for a full-of-life surprise.

                                               Luke 24


    13Two were traveling to a village called Emmaus, which

was seven miles from Jerusalem.  14They talked together of all

the things which had happened.  15While they conversed and

reasoned, Jesus drew near and went with them.  16But their

eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

    17He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that

you have with one another as you walk and are sad?"  18One

named Cleopas answered him, "Are You the only stranger in

Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened

there?"  19And He said to them, "What things?"

    So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus, who was a

Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,

20and how our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death,

and crucified Him.  21But we were hoping He was going to

redeem Israel.  Besides all this, today is the third day 22and

some women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early,

astonished us.  23When they did not find His body, they came

saying they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 

24Certain of  those who were with us went to the tomb and

found it just as the women said; but Him they did not see."

    25Then He said, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe

all that the prophets have spoken!  26Ought not the Christ to

have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?"  27And

beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them

in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

    28Then they drew near to the village where they were going,

and He indicated that He would have gone farther.  29But they

constrained Him, saying, "Abide with us, for the day is far

spent."  And He went in to stay with them.

    30He sat at the table with them, and took bread, blessed and

broke it, and gave it to them.  31Then their eyes were opened

and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

    32They said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within

us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened

the Scriptures to us?"  33So they rose up that very hour and

returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who

were with them gathered together, 34saying, "The Lord is

risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"  35They told

about the things that had happened on the road, and how

He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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