Faith is a road we walk. It takes us through the wonderful and the terrible times alike. This road has highs and lows and stretches far and wide.

In our darkness, the road can feel lonely; our steps falter, and our hearts and minds slip farther from love and truth.

Have faith, dear one, Jesus has promised that we will not walk that road alone.

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On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him.

He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stopped, their faces downcast.

Luke 24:13-17

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“They were prevented from recognizing him.” By what? By grief? By fear? By insecurity? Too often when the road is hard and life seems turned upside down, we forget that Jesus is walking beside us. Even though we’ve been told time and time again that the Lord will never leave us, we find ourselves feeling alone and unable to recognize Jesus.

What is it that prevents you from seeing the Lord? Is it unbelief? Is it stubbornness? Is it the whirlwind in your own head?

There are so many things that can make us blind to the fact that Jesus is walking beside us. Sometimes, we need to be pulled out of our darkness so that we can open our eyes and see that the Lord is our companion.

Elizabeth Cervasio

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Lord, help me to see you for who you are. Help me to set aside the things that prevent me from recognizing you so that I may realize it is you on the road beside me. Amen.

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Do not fear the road unknown, the twists and turns, and difficult terrain.

Remember the Lord will always meet you where you are.

The journey may be long, and the going may get tough, but it is always easier when you walk the road with a friend.

Elizabeth Cervasio

Elizabeth Cervasio is the Director of Children and Youth Ministry for the Episcopal Church in Colorado and has been involved in youth ministry for the past 10 years. She spends most of her time planning and running large scale youth retreats in the school year and organizing summer camps in the mountains of Colorado. When she isn’t in planning mode, she is relaxing at home in search of a good movie with her husband and dog.

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