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Getting Out the WORD - the third sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 12:18

the PRAYER. . .

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread.  Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad...                                            (luke 24:13-35 )

the DEVOTION. . .

 

Yes, Jesus is with us.  And yes, God is everywhere.  But, according to the story. . .

It's Easter afternoon.  Actually, it's the first Easter afternoon.  Two men are walking down a dusty road together.  Lost.  Alone. Everything they hoped for. . .  Everything they dreamed of. . . lies behind them. . .  in the earth. . .  and the ashes. . .  and the dust. So they, simply, turn and walk away.  But, then, a stranger meets them!  And, for a while, he walks with them.  Talking.  Listening.  That night, at dinner, it, finally, dawns on the two. . . Jesus!  This is JESUS!  And at that moment, he's disappears!


Yes, Jesus is with us!  And yes, God is everywhere!  But according to the story, there are times when Jesus is more with us than others!  Times when God is closer than usual!  Like. . .  when we, too, are walking along a dusty road. . .  Lost. . .  Alone. . . When everything important. . .  when everyone special. . .  lies behind us. . .  That’s the moment god appears!  When Jesus walks beside us!  Listening! Talking!

 

Sure, it's “nice” when our eyes are opened and we recognize Jesus!  But, maybe, it’s just as nice - even "nicer" - when we're joined along the way by. . . a "stranger"!


bob barndt, pastor
 
Getting Out the WORD - the second sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:46

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."  After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you."                    (john 20:19-30 )

 

the DEVOTION. . .

Last week, on the way to pick up Lanie after school, I ended up following a Suburban.  (Not all that unusual in Midland, TX!)  And across the back window, in big, bold letters - complete with an exclamation point - was the Easter message. . .  JESUS IS ALIVE! (Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!) Unfortunately. . .  I was late. . .  and the Suburban was slow. . .  and there was no way to get around them. . .  "Jesus may be alive," I said to myself, "but I'm not so sure about you!"

"As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

"JESUS IS ALIVE!" But only as alive as the church allows him!  "JESUS IS ALIVE!" But only as alive as god's people are willing to be!  Atheists?  Agnostics?  Apathetics?  Maybe "their" problem isn't God!  Maybe "their" problem isn't, even, Jesus!  Maybe they're just running late. . .  and they're stuck behind a Suburban. . .  that's going too slow. . .  with no way to pass. . .  And you and I. . .  you and I are the ones behind the wheel. . . .

bob barndt, pastor
 
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