April 15, 2021
by: Timothy Stahlke

Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking to us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:31-32
 As a young Christian student reading and studying the Bible, a few passages quickly became my favorites. One of these was; “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” -Hebrews 13:2
As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection and revisit some of the historic events soon after, I’m reminded of these verses and remember discovering through the Holy Spirit how they work together to renew and strengthen our faith.  
On that road to Emmaus, those two disciples had hours to be kind to the “stranger” that happened upon them. I think it was a miracle that Jesus hid his identity from them and acted as a caring-good listener while they grieved and related His story ending in His death. This was no mere angel but the risen Christ himself. Wow, I’m glad they were kind to him! 
So how about now in this yucky season? Are we still visited by angels and even the risen Christ himself? Are we spiritually aware enough to recognize those possibilities? You’ve all heard about my walks on the trails with a companion that lets me have quiet times in thought and prayer. Have I entertained an “angel” without knowing it with their presence hidden from me? I’ve certainly had interesting encounters with visitors to these parts, strangers on the trails that I may never know.  
We don’t always recognize when God shows up in the moment, but often a sense of the Holy Spirits presence after a time of prayer and reflection are we able to sense something different during those moments. Whether hindsight is 20/20 or how coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous, we may recognize a kairos moment clearly only after the event. 
I sure hope we can all remember to be kind to strangers as much as we try with those we know and love. We love because the Lord loved us first. 
See you on the trails and in our faith walk together.

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