The road to Emmaus.26th April 2020

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Most commentators notice the chiastic structure of the story (a pattern of inverted parallelism), Joel Green’s  version is the one above.(in his NICNT commentary)

The above was taken for Ian Paul’s site where you can also find the link to Malcolm Guite’s beautiful sonnets for today  which we used for our inspiration this morning.

We reflected on how it seems so unfair that in our deepest need we have so little to grasp on to and,

Psalm 23:4 The Message (MSG)

Even when the way goes through
    Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
    when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
    makes me feel secure.

doesn’t ring true.

Each of us spoke of how the glimmer, even the desire and anger, showed we cared. For some of us the passion with which we cried out in anger when God wasn’t there was inspiring. For some nature in its glory helped in times of bewilderment.

It was encouraging how often this brought us back to the story of the Emmaus Road .

This was the art offered to us

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We were all encouraged that it was the burning in their hearts and Jesus showing himself that brought joy to the disciples.

Isaiah 42:3 New International Version (NIV)

A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

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