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Spring Letter from the 2020 President
We just finished our first Team Meeting and what a glorious day! We met at Easton Presbyterian
Church, one of my favorite locations, since this is where I took my Walk when I was a pilgrim in
March 2006. So when I think of Walk to Emmaus, there are two visuals that come to mind immediately for me at Easton Presbyterian Church: One is the picture in the Fireside Room, where we met for the first time when we gathered together as pilgrims. It is the picture of three men depicting The Walk to Emmaus. The scripture from Luke 24:13-35 was read to us as pilgrims on Thursday evening of the Walk, explaining the Walk to Emmaus taken by these three men. We were reminded that Jesus was revealed to the two men when the bread was broken. “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” Luke 24:31 The next visual for me, is the stained glass window in the sanctuary above the pulpit and organ pipes. It is a picture depicting Jesus praying at the rock at Gethsemane. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
The first picture reminds me that on a Walk to Emmaus Jesus is revealed to us in a new way, just as He was revealed to those men when the bread was broken. They had walked the path, and many miles with Him, but didn’t know who He was. Just like for many of us, the Walks help us see Jesus in a different way. No matter how many Walks I’ve worked, I always see Jesus in a new way. I see Him on the faces of each person at the Walk. I see Him as I pray for the pilgrims and teams before the Walk and during the Walk at prayer vigil. I see Him when we pray for each speaker. I see Him during the talks, as we hear how He is working in people’s lives. I see him on each worker’s face as they are the hands and feet of Jesus. I especially see Him when someone
needs special prayer, and everyone stops what they are doing and gathers together to pray over that person. No matter how tired we are, we are refreshed and rejuvenated when we see Him. Closing always brings a smile to my face, and tears to my eyes, when I hear how the pilgrims, some who admit they didn’t want to come, explain how filled with joy they are for the weekend, and how they have seen Jesus in a new way, and have been refreshed in Him.
The second picture reminds me that this is our Father’s son, Jesus, praying. As a human, he knows what is about to happen and he prays. For comfort? For hope? For us. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42. He knew this was Our Father’s grace for us, to show how much He loves us, to give us eternal life through
Jesus Christ. As a pilgrim, I remember that we were told we had been prayed over, by name, for several weeks before the Walks. I’m reminded that these Walks are prayed over and completed according to God’s will, not our will. He chooses the themes, the logos, and the scripture for the Walks. He chooses each person for the Walks: from the lay directors, to the core team bosses, the speakers, clergy, song team, workers, and pilgrims. It is His Walk, facilitated by the Lay Directors. Every position is prayed over “yet not my will, but yours be done”. As much as we think that we would like to be a Lay Director, Cha, or give that “perfect talk,” and we think we may have done the right number of jobs, or worked the right number of Walks, Our Father knows the perfect person, and perfect timing for each position, and the “perfect talk” that the pilgrims need to hear. How many times have we heard a pilgrim say, “I needed to hear that talk?” So, as Jesus prayed to know His Father’s will, continually throughout his life, and especially at Gethsemane, can we do any less? At Emmaus, we pray over every position and person, to listen for God’s timing, guidance, and His will. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. As we obey Our Father’s will, we serve with a servant’s heart, we see Jesus in a new way, and we are refreshed.
For me, Walk to Emmaus is the body of Christ, and we are refreshed in Him at each Walk. We are Christian leaders, who are active in ministry at our churches, in our communities, and with our families. The Walks to Emmaus equip and rejuvenate us in Jesus Christ, “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:12. I praise
Him for each of you. All Glory and Honor to Him.