Eyes Opened

Eyes Opened

What happens when your eyes are opened to see something that you thought was impossible to see?

That’s what happens to the two disciples who walk with a stranger on the road out of Jerusalem on Easter Sunday afternoon.  They spend an hour or so (or possibly more) walking along with him, chatting about events of the past week in Jerusalem, enjoying the afternoon sunlight.

They have had a really hard week; a week in which they watched their leader, Jesus, hanging on a cross until he was dead.  They are lost.  Their hearts are broken.  They think their world has ended.  They can’t see anything positive in the future.

Then they stop for the night and ask the stranger to stop with them and share the evening meal.

He does and joins them at the table in the inn.

As they begin to eat, the stranger picks up the loaf of wonderful homemade bread that the waiter has brought to the table, and breaks it to give them each a piece.

What happens next for them is like when you find the o in the puzzle below.  Look for it, and when you find it, remember how you felt when you found it.

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When he passes the bread to them, they immediately recognize the stranger – he is Jesus, the man they thought was gone forever.

He is alive.

They are astounded!

What they think is impossible is possible!  Jesus, who they thought they would never see again, is with them!  They see him!

And, as they are to find out in the days to come, Jesus is going to always be with them, as he is with us.  They are brothers; they are family; they are welcome and they are blessed!

And so are we.

We are sisters and brothers, we are family, we are welcome, and we are blessed!

Welcome to the family!

Everyone is welcome!

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