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Burning Within Us

30 When Jesus was at the table with Cleopas and his companion, he took bread, blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within uswhile he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem, and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. [Luke 24:30-33]

When was the last time your heart was filled with consuming passion? When your heart just could not hold the gift, it had received? You could hold the gift to yourself, it just had to be shared. It was just a few weeks ago for me, as I received news of the birth of Peyton Olivia Raine. My heart just had to share the news far and wide. Cleopas and his companion received the gift beyond gifts in the breaking of the bread. The simple sharing of a meal blessed and shared with them, opened the eyes to their hearts in a new way for the said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us.” I wonder what will make our hearts burn within us again and again, so much so that we cannot contain our passion for the way of Jesus? How might we fan each other’s flames so that together we make a difference for the cause of Christ? May our hearts burn with us as we seek to be faithful.


Holy One, open my eyes to your palpable presence as I walk through life with you. Help me to see the ways I can share the love you have generously poured into my life with others. Keep my heart aflame for you and your ways. Amen.

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