Thursday, 19 April 2012

Alongside ministry

One of my favourite post Easter gospels is the story of the two disciples walking to Emmaus, downcast because of Jesus' death. Jesus comes alongside and walks with them. They don't recognise him and fill him in on what has been happening. I love the idea of them having a good debate. But, even more, I love to read of the understanding that dawned on them when they got who their companion was. As they recognised him, Jesus disappeared from their sight, but he left behind immense joy. That moment of revelation is always a cause for celebration. In this encounter, it was so much more.
It is a wonderful thing to be able to get alongside people, to come to an understanding. Just one of the tasks of ministry.

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