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Hope! That is the central element of the Easter story. In the resurrection of Jesus we are given hope and the assurance that death cannot and will not win.

Make yourself ready then—again—to be overtaken by the magnificent good news that Jesus is alive, risen to glory.

Allow the truth of his life to take on new life within your heart.

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Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Luke 24:13–16

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Think

The Good News is not old news. Just because today is “the day after Easter,” don’t forget that the resurrection story continues on.

Because “on that same day” new life continued to move through villages, through rooms formerly filled with grief, through homes where windows were thrown open to ask, “Did we really hear this amazing news?” Because “on that same day” two friends and students of Jesus were just beginning to understand what it would mean to truly follow this miraculous man; what it would mean to love God in a new way. On their way to Emmaus, where other wonders waited, these two men comforted themselves and worked their way through an unbelievable turn of events by talking to each other about everything that had happened.

Today—tell yourself the story. Again. Tell yourself how it happened. Remind your Monday self that your life has been changed. Because you, like the two disciples, have been joined by Jesus.

Gina Yeager-Buckley

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Pray

Holy God, make way in my busy moments for me to remember the story. Give me the words to fill my heart and mind with the wonder of your son, Jesus Christ. Help me open my path today to make way for Jesus. Let my life be interrupted by his presence. Amen.

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Go

Resurrection changes things—
Each and every day.

Believing makes all the difference.
Even when you have your doubts,
Jesus remains close by.

Now go to tell others about
The life-changing love Christ offers.

Gina Yeager-Buckley

Gina Yeager- Buckley serves as the associate for ministries with youth, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Gina lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, and is married to Andrew.

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