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Mother Gardening with Her Twin Little Boys

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For most of us, the people we know more than any other on Earth are our family. We share heartache and pleasures with them, spend the abundance of our time with them, and commit ourselves to their well-being above all others. As such, these loved ones frequently are the ones who lift us up when we are down and we love them for it.

During his time on Earth, Jesus spent more time with his disciples than anyone else. They got to know his voice, thoughts, mannerisms, pet peeves, and even his unique facial gestures. When He was crucified, they were devastated in ways to which few of us can relate. So, when He appeared to the two on the road to Emmaus (see Bouncing Back from Disappointment – Day 2), he prevented them from recognizing Him at first, so He could hear the true nature of their heart. But, as the verses above point out, their eyes were opened to everything, including who He really was when He broke the bread and gave it to them.

This action closely resembles His actions in the Lord’s Supper, where He taught them and forewarned them of what was to come. In the intimate act of the breaking of the bread, these disciples knew who He was and they were immediately encouraged.

When life drags us down and struggle becomes unbearable, our ability to rise above it all hinges on our intimate communion with Christ. Do we spend time with Him, praying and reading His words? Just like we spend time with our family, sharing the joys and sorrows together, do we give all our burdens to and share all our victories with Him? In short, do we live as people who are in Him? Take the time every day to get to know the One to whom you’ve devoted your life, and let Him reveal His true self to you. Regular communion with Christ gives us the means by which we rise above the disappointments of our lives.

Luke 24:30-34 And it came to pass, as he sat at the table with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
Luke 22:14-20  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
I John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

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