The Gospel of Luke relates the story of two disciples of Jesus who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
An unknown person joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked. Towards the end of their day’s travel, they urged the stranger to eat with them.
As the stranger took bread, blessed, broke and shared it with them, their eyes were opened and they recognised the risen Christ. Then they rushed back to Jerusalem to share the good news with others.
(Luke 24: 13-35)
A Personal Story
Over the course of the three days “Emmaus Walk”, I found myself on a challenging and refreshing inner walk during which I learned about the grace and love of God and how we can effectively respond to it.
I was deeply moved by the personal stories of the speakers who told of how they had encountered the presence, power and love of God in their everyday lives and by the depth of their commitment to following Him, especially in difficult times.
During times of quiet reflection and prayer I found myself connecting with Jesus in a much deeper way. The warmth of fellowship and the friendships forged on that weekend, not to mention the good food, only added to the experience.
In the discipline of the schedule I felt I was led by the hand into the presence of God over the three days. In the weeks and months following the weekend the things I had learned and experienced made a real difference to my life and had a lasting impact on my personal walk with God and in my ministry and family life.
Rev. Stephen Taylor