Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Abide

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It's Easter weekend.

I feel it settling upon me.

The peace and comfort that attends a testimony of Jesus Christ.

That He was born. That He lives. That He will come again.

That belief settles my heart.  It makes me whole.  It guides my life.

Sometimes I find myself walking the road to Emmaus. Perhaps you have walked that road.  It's a road filled with questions.  With heaviness.  With uncertainty.

Remember how the disciples thought they walked with a stranger?

With a man who had no idea about the circumstance they were in, the heaviness in their hearts, the uncertainty that lie ahead…

He drew near and walked that road…step by step…moment by moment..with them… and He expounded to them the scriptures.

"And they drew nigh unto the village, wither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.  But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.  And he went in to tarry with them."  Luke 24:28-29

I know how it is to feel far spent.

I know those long evenings, the ones when you wonder if the morning will ever come.

What has gotten me through those dark nights every time are the moments I have turned to Christ, recognized Him there, and plead with Him to abide with me.

Perhaps it is the memory of those moments on my own road to Emmaus that draw my heart to hum this song every time Easter draws near.

This is my favorite Easter song.

It is the wish of my heart this Easter, and every Easter.

Abide with me, fast falls the even tide. The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

 

Emily Freeman