In one of my husband’s favorite resurrection testimonies, two sad and puzzled followers of Jesus say, “Stay with us…” (Luke 24:29)
It was almost evening on the first day of the week. Two of those who had followed Jesus were walking on the road to Emmaus, discussing their questions and disappointment over what had just happened in Jerusalem that passover. The newly resurrected teacher joined them on the road, but they did not recognize him. He asked them what they were talking about and then explained from all their scriptures, starting with Moses, that the Messiah would have to suffer before he entered his glory. Their hearts burned within as he taught. As they reached their destination, they asked him to stay and share their supper. He took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it. In that moment their eyes were opened and they recognized their Jesus, alive again.
Andrew Murray once inspired me with these words regarding the salvation of my children, “Abide in Christ, and let the child feel that to be near you is to be near Christ. Live in the power of the love and the redemption, and the life of Christ; your house will be to the child the ark where Christ is known and found.”*
Glorious Lord, Risen Savior, this Easter Morning, Howard and I ask you again to stay with us, abide with us. Fill our home with your light and your love. Teach us, set our hearts on fire, break bread with us. May all who enter the ark of our home feel they have been with you. For the Glory of your name and for the sake of your kingdom. Amen.
* How to Raise Your Children For Christ