We cannot escape for long the questions
about where the road we are traveling
is finally going to take us; about who we are,
and who the stranger is behind us.Fredrick Buechner
Last Sunday we talked about the iconic story in Luke of two people, dejected and despairing because of a dire turn of events, walking down the dusty road to Emmaus when suddenly a stranger joins them, a stranger they do not recognize, though this stranger is Jesus whose death they are despairing.
The theologian Fredrick Buechner compared Emmaus to the places we go or things we do when we want to forget it all, when things seem overwhelming. But there are some things, says Buechner, that even in Emmaus we cannot escape: “We cannot escape for long the questions about where the road we are traveling is finally going to take us; about who we are, and who the stranger is behind us.” The sacred moments, the moments of miracle, said Buechner, “are often the everyday moments, the moments which if we do not look with more than our eyes or listen with more than our ears reveal only a stranger coming down the road behind us. But if we look with our hearts, if we listen with all of our being and our imagination—if we live our lives not from vacation to vacation, from escape to escape, but from the miracle of one instant of our precious lives to the miracle of the next—what we may hear is the first faint sound of a voice somewhere deep within us saying that there is a purpose in our lives, whether we can understand it completely or not; and that this purpose follows behind us through all our doubting and being afraid, through all our indifference and boredom, to a moment when suddenly we know for sure that everything does make sense because everything is in the hands of God, one of whose names is forgiveness, another is love.”
How do we listen with all of our being and our imagination—from the miracle of one instant of our precious lives to the miracle of the next? How do we grow in our spiritual perception of God alive among us? Join us this Sunday, the final Sunday in the Eastertide season, as we explore these questions. How I look forward to seeing you! Love, Linda