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Lord God, it is Sunday and the Christian world rejoices in Jesus Christ and celebrates his resurrection on the first day of the week. Help me to worship with a joyful heart and an expectant mind. Link me with other Christians around the globe who proclaim your name and witness to your power in their lives. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN
I pray today, Lord for the public representatives in our civil and national life. Give to them a sense of responsibility and honour, trustworthiness and integrity. Give them the ability to see the true nature of the needs of the communities they serve. Grant them the wisdom to discern the big things from the trivial. I ask in Christ’s name – AMEN
Lord God, help me today to address problems that I face with calmness and courage. Help me not to become neurotic with anxiety about them, but to look carefully at whatever options there may be for their solution. Help me to think rather than to react. Where there are other people involved, help me to keep my cool. In Christ – AMEN
“They urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over’”.
Lk 24:29 NIV
The stories of the appearances of Jesus to his disciples after his resurrection are dearly loved narratives. The dialogue on the road to Emmaus is particularly full of meaning. It is sad that the village has been lost in the centuries of time and visitors to Israel today are unable to retrace that epic journey.
All disciples of Jesus will echo this plea to the risen Lord, “Stay with us”. How we wish we could hold him, keep him, converse with him, ask him questions, share our problems with him and explain our failures and weaknesses. The truth is, of course that he does stay with us. He said he would when, according to Matthew he promised, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20 NIV).
We want him with us in the trials of life when the going is tough and we wonder how we are ever going to pull through. We want him with us when we are in confusion and we can’t fathom out the sense in any of the problems or queries that beset us. We want him with us when we are weary and don’t know how we are going to carry on, when the “burdens” we have to shoulder threaten to break our backs and our spirits. We want him to stay with us when illness lays us low and we begin to wonder where it is going to lead us, and fears of death start to creep into our consciousness. We want him to stay with us when grief and sorrow overwhelm us, and the future seems dark. Then, as ever, we plead, “stay with us”.
Lord, now and always, stay with me.
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