While they were walking along, talking,
Jesus himself came near and went with them,
but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
Beloved, you have walked with us in our journeys.
Help us to trust your presence, even when we cannot see.
They stood still and looked sad.
He asked them, “What things are you discussing?”
You have entered into our sorrows.
We thank you for your healing.
He interpreted to them the scriptures.
So much in our lives does not make sense
except in light of your loving presence.
Give us wisdom rooted in your grace.
They urged him to stay.
Something in us desires you,
reaches out for you, invites you in.
Come, enter, and share the bread of this life.
He took bread, blessed, it broke it, and gave it to them.
Bless our lives with your gratitude,
your faithful, unseen presence
and your loving purpose,
gather us into your Body,
break our hearts for the world,
and give us to your children in hope and joy.