Having Open Eyes

Tim Brown

READ : Luke 24

And their eyes were opened. (v. 31)

In this story we are given two spiritual practices designed to open our eyes to see the Lord: holy conversation and holy eating. I, for one, want to see the Lord, and I’m eager to put these practices into my life.

The first practice is holy conversation. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were “talking,” and in the midst of their conversation about Jesus he appeared to them. This reminds me of a promise in Malachi 3:16, “Then those who revered the LORD spoke to one another. The LORD took note and listened” (NRSV). In the first devotional I asked you to choose a Theophilus that you could journey with through Luke. Reconnect with your Theophilus and share with him or her about what the Lord has done in your life.

The second practice is holy eating. Luke tells us that Jesus, having accepted their invitation to stay with them, “took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them” (v. 30). Does that sound at all familiar to you? It is eerily reminiscent of the Lord’s Table. John Calvin, the spiritual forebear of many who read these devotionals, says of the Lord’s Supper, “here at the Table Christ himself grows into one with us.” When we gather around the Communion table with other Christians we are preparing to meet the Lord who promises to be there! Are you hungry like me?

PRAYER

Lord, give the courage to speak of you and a longing to meet you at your table!