The story of the disciples experience on the Emmaus Road is one of hope and encouragement for all of us. Exhausted, overwhelmed, physically and emotionally drained Cleopas and one of the other disciples have begun their long walk home. Unable to see the wood for the trees, they try as they go, to make sense of all that has happened over the past few days. It all feels too hard however, and the news that the tomb is empty and that Jesus has risen might actually be true is just too much to hope for.
In the hour of their confusion Jesus joins them on their journey and leads them to a place where they can once more understand how God is at work in their lives. Eyes opened and filled with new hope they rush back to Jerusalem and share the good news with the others.
Their encounter with the risen Jesus is good news for us too. In those times when the journey is difficult and life is hard to understand, Jesus is there for us too bringing words of hope and life. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff hey comfort me. Psalm 23:4
Till next time….Andrew.
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills