Sunday, October 28, 2007

An Emmaus Walk

Twenty one pilgrims
Twenty seven team members
Countless volunteers
All from different parts of the area,
coming together for one purpose.
To shine with the light of Christ.

Why is it we expect that it will happen?
What leads us to believe
that Christ will be made visible
that the love of God will be made tangible
that the Holy spirit will be present,
just because we are there.
What do we think that 15 talks,
Posters, skits, songs,
Nine meals, endless snacks
Showers taken in a rush
Meditations, communion, prayers
Silence and laughter,
Will combine to become transformational?

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. *

And yet, it will happen.
God will make this walk
into the experience that each person needs
He will respond to each person
in a way which will create in them
A clean heart
Eyes to see his grace
And ears to hear the whisper of his love.
He has already begun.
The time is now.
The wind is rising.

And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love,
you'll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus
the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love.
Reach out and experience the breadth!
Test its length!
Plumb the depths!
Rise to the heights!
Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

Prayers are ascending.
Agape is becoming a noun
and Christian has become a verb.
Hands are offered in service,
Feet are walking in dedication.
Words are gifts from God
and grace falls like rain.
God reaches out, touching us
Transforming the ordinary
Into the supernatural.
It is an Emmaus walk.

God can do anything, you know—
far more than you could ever imagine
or guess
or request in your wildest dreams!
He does it not by pushing us around
but by working within us,
his Spirit deeply and gently within us.***

Thanks be to God.

*Joel 2:27-29, **Ephesians 3:15-19, ***Ephesians 3:20

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