O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. – Book of Common Prayer
I have been taking a mini vacation this week and had not planned to write, today. However, I finished the Soul Food Article I write for the newsletter, and while filing it, I ran into this meditation from 2013. It fits, since this scripture was the Gospel Lesson for Wednesday in Easter Week. Cool, huh? So, I am sharing it again, today.
“I was meditating on one of the scripture lessons this week, Luke 24:12-35, when a fragment of a verse began to get my attention. “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” “We had hoped.” These were disciples of Jesus (not part of the eleven) who were returning home to Emmaus after the crucifixion of Jesus. They had hoped he was the one for whom they were waiting. They were sad and confused. Some women had said that angels at the tomb, on this third day, said Jesus was alive, but could they believe it? “We HAD hoped.”
“The story is worth reading because it sounds like us. We have hope in Jesus, but we don’t really know if we can believe all those stories that we have read and heard. Is Jesus really alive for us? Will he really redeem and restore all things? Will he help us through this day? The Bible tells us that it is so. We have a hope in Jesus for our lives and the life of the world. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,”
“Soon, a tune and words of a praise song started singing itself in me. It was written by a man from Northern Ireland by the name of Robin Mark. He wrote it in 1994 after watching a review of the year in a day much like our own when many things were dark and hope seemed long gone. The song is titled DAYS OF ELIJAH. There are several versions on U-Tube if you want to listen.
“These are the days of Elijah declaring the word of the Lord. And these are the days of Your servant Moses, righteousness being restored. These are the days of great trials of famine and darkness and sword. Still we are the voice in the desert crying ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord!’
Behold, He comes, riding on the clouds shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call Lift your voice, year of Jubilee; Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes.
And these are the days of Ezekiel, the dry bones becoming flesh. And these are the days of Your servant, David, rebuilding a temple of praise. And these are the days of the harvest; the fields are all white in Your world. And we are the laborers that are in Your vineyard declaring the Word of the Lord.
Behold He comes, riding on the clouds shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call Lift your voice, year of Jubilee; Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes.”
“I believe God has a hope, too. He hopes we will return to his original plan for us—a plan of living in relationship with him and with others. Jesus tells us that we are to go into the world and proclaim the Good News that he is alive and that we have seen him and know him. God hopes we will be the voice in the desert crying, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” He hopes we will be the laborers in the vineyard declaring the way. Jesus hopes we will be his hands and feet in the world today wherever we may be. Jesus says, “Go! and I will go with you.”
“We say, “For His Sake…I am but one; but I am one. I can’t do everything; but I can do something. What I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do. Lord, what will you have me do?” – Motto, Daughters of the King
“Behold, he comes, dear ones, we have hope.”