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Lord, I ask you to keep me from despondency. So often even very trivial things get me down and I lose perspective. Show me your bigger picture, your larger love, your Holy Spirit to motivate me to rejoice even in dark days and when things don’t go well. Give me courage to persevere and push forward. I ask this in Jesus Christ’s name – AMEN
I pray today, Lord, for counselling psychologists as they listen to the stories of pain and confusion from troubled people. Help them to listen with empathy and to discern the true nature of the problems that people unburden to them. Help them to enable people to move on and find hope on a personal level. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN
Lord God, I pray for all people who have become bitter and twisted due to the mess-ups in relationships they have with other people. Help them to see themselves as they are and to find ways to overcome their bitterness. Guide them to move forward from the events of the past and to cultivate love in their hearts. In Christ I ask it – AMEN
“He went in to stay with them”.
Lk 24:29 NIV
The events of the resurrection of Jesus are very instructive for his disciples. They not only tell us that he rose from the dead in a gloriously miraculous way.
They tell us that he returns. In the Old Testament there were accounts of God coming to various people. Abraham was one. Moses was another. So was Isaiah. The story of Jesus appearing to the two believers on their way home to Emmaus tells us that Jesus not only comes. He returns, and he stays with people in the midst of their confusion, grief and sorrow. They wondered what in the world was happening after all the events of holy week. They were bewildered by the attitude of the religious leaders and the lack of justice on the part of Pontius Pilate. They were shocked that Jesus could have been murdered in the way he was. And now God had performed the unbelievable all-time action in raising Jesus. Into the midst of their bewilderment Jesus now came – and came incognito – and he went in to partake of their hospitality, to rekindle their faith and to calm them down and turn them round.
When Jesus comes he comes to stay with you as well. He comes to stay with you in your ups and downs, your times of doubt, and your turmoil. He comes to stay with you during your family upheavals, your business failures and your life-ruining mistakes. He comes to stay with you when your dreams are shattered, your hopes come unstuck and you have to try to pick up the pieces and put them together again. And he comes to stay with you through the trying experiences of old age and till you die.
Thank you, Lord, for your abiding presence.
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