Staying power

Luke 24:36-49; Acts 3:12-19

Cleopas and his unnamed (female?) companion get all the credit. Everyone preaches about an “Emmaus road experience.” Nobody preaches about a “stayed-in-Jerusalem-and-waited-to-see-what-happened experience.” Everybody preaches about how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread, but nobody preaches about what happened after Jesus asked, “Have you anything here to eat?” Which goes to show that staying put rarely gets much credit.

I am doing a lot of staying put lately. Cancer does that to a family. My 76-year-old father is dying of cancer. Hospice is involved, as well as my sister, who lives around the corner from Dad, and who has taken leave from her hospital chaplaincy and postponed her seminary studies to take 98 percent of the responsibility. I blow in when I can from my home 400 miles away, thankful for every chance to share the wonder and mystery and blessing of these last days.

 

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