Walking the road
Wednesday, April 7, 1999
"When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight."
Jesus! Come back! Don't leave me all alone. We need you. I need you.
Actually as I look at this story in the Bible those guys walking with Jesus to Emmaus don't feel so much lonely as excited and overjoyed with Jesus, even though he disappeared. He was still with them, they were still feeling his presence and his power. The conversation he had with them was ringing in their minds, and his love for them shone in their hearts. They were not alone.
Although I enjoy being alone I often feel sad when a good friend's visit is over, or when Margaret and I say goodbye for the day and head in different directions. Their physical presence soothes and stimulates me. And I get hugs from them. I don't get hugs from the air. Those hugs are great, and I miss them.
Sometimes we call those who love us "God-with-skin-on," because we get hugs from them. Jesus doesn't give me hugs, but he often leaves me feeling full and joyful. Excited, like he left the men on the road to Emmaus. It's like he hugs me under my skin.
Unless I close myself off from him, Jesus never stops doing this. He never leaves me. He may "disappear," but his presence is right alongside me. Walkin' on down the road....