Day 33: Friday, March 31, 2023
Rev. Sela Finau
Scripture: Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] 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. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. (Luke 24:13-15, 28-29 NRSV)
Devotion: There are times when we all long for the companionship of Christ. When we are facing some deep loneliness that seems to darken the brightest day, some great sorrow that has broken our hearts and changed our lives, or some heavy burden that comes through no action or fault of our own. At times like these, we long for the presence of the one who speaks our name, understand our plight, and can break the hold of loneliness, sorrow, despair, and burdens we bear.
At times like these, it is good to remember that the risen Christ walks beside us, awaiting our invitation to stay with us, break bread with us, interpret life for us, give us hope, and share in our thanksgiving. As we continue our walk this Lenten Season, may we, like the disciples before us, have our eyes open to recognize Christ as he walks beside us this day.
Prayer: Oh God, forgive us when we fail to recognize you in others. Continue to walk with us and help us to see. Amen