“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24: 30-31
It is so easy to imagine oneself along the road to Emmaus. I would have been there. Processing the amazing and overwhelming events that had just transpired. Trying to make sense of all that had happened. Wondering aloud with my friends. Walking and talking it out.
What a gift it must have been to have a wise stranger join them on their journey. And when suppertime came they did not want him to leave. Someone who could finally make sense of the chaos was with them. The disciples were so caught up and present in the moment. You can imagine their joy and astonishment when they recognized Jesus as he broke bread before them. A revelation in the very present moment.
Can you think of a time when you have missed the present moment because you were sunk in past pain or focused on the good old days?
Have you ever missed the present moment because you are consumed with what might happen in the future?
What gifts of knowledge or joy do you find when you are present in the moment?
Have you ever had a moment of astonishing joy or deep contentment?
God of the Present Moment, Open our hearts to experience Your present goodness. Amen.
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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.