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Easter Wordsearch Competition – Two Full Colour Books to be Won

March 26, 2013

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Nice Day for a Walk…

March 18, 2013

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Well, I thought it was until I was actually out there on this early spring bank holiday! This has been such a cold winter and today was no exception but I was feeling better after having had a viral infection for weeks. As I strode down a little back lane which lies behind our home, I took in the fact that the trees were still bare from winter and yet here and there tiny primroses were growing on the banks, having forced their way out between bouts of softly falling sleet. At the end of the lane lies an old deserted ivy-covered house, which has not been inhabited for many years, while beyond that house lie more fields and the lovely glen which overlooks the cold grey-blue Irish Sea. A bird perched on the chimney of the deserted farmhouse and I dreamed of those who once lived there…

I never knew them of course, because we have only been living here for around twenty years and the house has been deserted for many more years than that. I once climbed through a window of the old house and ventured up the broken staircase to one of the bedrooms where I was fascinated to see photographs of the previous occupants in old frames still hanging there. From another era, they had frightened me for a moment when I entered the bare room with its broken floorboards. Turning away from their solemn gaze, I peered out of the cracked window on that summer day, to be enthralled with the view of the turquoise blue sea beyond the rolling fields.

Today those fields lie flooded with winter sleet and rain and the old house looks even more dilapidated than the last time I saw it, but I walk on, taking in a familiar route that I love to walk on warmer days than this.

Home once more, I turn my attention to another time, another place and another walk. My reading today is in Luke, Chapter 24… “And behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.” (Verse 13) The notes in the back of my Bible tell me that this is around seven miles. Most people would find that quite a long walk these days! Peter tells us that “bodily exercise profiteth little,” (1Tim. 4v8) but my walks are never “power walks” – rather walks of quiet reflection.

They are a way for me to unwind and relax and when I walk with someone close to me, those walks take on a whole new meaning, as we discuss issues that perhaps are presently troubling us.

We learn how the two spoken of in this passage “talked together of all these things which had happened.” (Verse 14)

The Stranger who came to walk beside them asked; “What things?”

“And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.”  (Verses 19&20)

The Stranger rebuked them and proceeded to expound to them the scriptures, where the prophets spoke of all that would come to pass.

It was not until later, when this Stranger took bread and blessed it and broke it, giving it to them, that the eyes of these men were opened to see that it was indeed Jesus who had walked beside them. When He had vanished they said: “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

And so today, He walks with us and He talks to us, when we walk that narrow way. The journey of life, like the seasons of the year, is fraught with ups and downs. Yes, there will be the glorious days of blue skies and sparkling seas but there will also arise before us the cold lonely paths when the sun hides its face and the way seems dark ahead. Hailstones may lash against our faces and life’s tears blind us. Yet, above the solid grey – that sun never ceases to shine and although we do not see it, we know for sure it is there. We walk by faith, in the glorious knowledge that the Lord is “risen indeed” and ever lives to make intercession for us.

Jesus said: “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Verses 46&47)

Let those of us who love Him share with all we meet on life’s wintry path, the glorious news that they too may experience hearts that “burn within them” as they share His bread, broken so lovingly for them, so that the Stranger from Galilee will become their greatest Friend in the walk of life.

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