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Holy Week Devotional - Sunday April 16 Easter Evening by Laura Rodgers

Sunday April 16
Easter Evening

Luke 24:13-49

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad (Luke 24:15-17).

I’m sure at some point through our years of reading this story, each of us has wondered how in the world two disciples on a long walk did not recognize their dear friend when he came to them. But then we give them grace as we think about the overwhelming grief, fear and uncertainty they were facing.

As you are reading this on the evening of Easter Sunday, a lot of events have come and gone. Egg hunts, Palm Sunday celebration, Holy Week events, Maundy Thursday and the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday and the quietness of the Cross, Saturday and a day of reflection…and finally the Good News of the Empty Tomb this morning! Whew! Our days have been full. Just as the days of the Disciples and those closest to Jesus.

Even though we end Easter with a celebration, it may take a lot to get there. How do we care for ourselves when grief, or tiredness, takes over? Tonight I encourage you to do what lifts your spirit. Write in your journal, read a chapter or two of a good book, listen to music, take a walk or go for a run. Prepare for Monday by making lunches or going through your email in-box so the morning goes more smoothly. Meditate, pray, or just go to bed early.

Tomorrow is a New Day. May our Easter journeys have refreshed us and left us ready.

Laura Rodgers

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