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Wednesday, April 23 2014
The Stranger On The Road

Wednesday 4/23/14   

       I wrote this poem to go along with the Resurrection Day message I preached this past Sunday. It is the story in the 24th Chapter of Luke about two downcast disciples who were walking back to their town (Emmaus) on the 3rd day after Jesus’ Crucifixion. They thought He was dead, and while they spoke about the heartbreaking events at Calvary, a Stranger joined them in their walk and conversation. They shared all their grief with Him not realizing it was their Master and that He was very much alive. Yet, the words He spoke to them touched them so much, they urged Him to stay when it appeared He was about to leave them. He stayed, but at the moment their eyes were opened, He vanished. I hope it is a blessing to you.

Two disciples were conversing as they walked along the road 

The pain and grief they carried had become a heavy load 

But at once a stranger joined them who walked with them side by side  

They were unaware He’d help them with the hurt they bore inside

The words He spoke were sweet but mighty

They would greatly help them then 

Pretty soon they’d lose their sadness 

With the help of their new friend

“There’s no need to keep lamenting”

 one of them was heard to say

 We’ve been freed of fear and sorrow

For we heard God’s voice today

Who this stranger is we don’t know

We don’t even know His name

Yet one thing to us is certain

We will never be the same

And now that He has filled our hearts

And our grief has gone away

How can we get His assurance

That with us He’ll always stay?”            

All at once their walk was ended

It was time to say goodbye 

 “Please stay with us” they both pleaded

As if trying not to cry

But if you can’t stay, we promise

That we’ll follow you wherever

For our number one desire

Is to live with you forever

When He assured them “I won’t leave you”

They broke out in dance and song                                                                                                                                   And at once their eyes were opened       

It was Jesus all along

And though He had now departed

They were free from every care

They now had their heart’s desire 

Plus the answer to their prayer

For even though for now He left them

They would never be apart

He was faithful to His promise

He would live within their heart   

So my dear friend I beseech you

If Christ meets you on the road

Let Him join you on your journey

Let Him lift your heavy load

And if you ask Him to stay with you

To go with you far and wide

You can rest assured He’ll answer

And will never leave your side

Memory verse for the week: (Colossians 3:15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.   

Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 08:30 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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