“Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” – Luke 24.29 (RSV)
I remember years ago when friends or family would come to our house to visit. After gathering together, after a possible meal, after catching up for a good long while, our guests would eventually prepare to leave. And, as often as not, one of the phrases they often shared was “Go with us.” This wasn’t an empty invitation but rather an admission that they didn’t want the time to end. It was a word about the desire to continue that bond of community.
This portion of the passage from Luke 24 Pastor Mike shared on Sunday came up in my prayer time this week. The Risen Lord is traveling along with two unknowing followers on the road to Emmaus. Once near the village, it appeared Jesus was going to continue further. But they didn’t want the time to end. They didn’t want that communion to end. And so, they offer an invitation as well. So close to home, the invitation is not “Go with us” but “Stay with us.”
It was toward evening. The day was far spent. Stay with us.
The last year and more has been taxing in so many ways. Some days it seemed toward evening as if the day were almost gone. Even now, there may be days when you feel like you can’t do anymore or go any further. The words of these two are a wonderful prayer on days like those. Stay with us.
And with the Risen Lord, that is enough – for at that invitation he will do just that.
May you know the presence of the Risen Lord in your presence like never before.