The Oasis - August 5, 2020

Author: Pastor Dan Hollis
August 05, 2020

August 5, 2020
by Pastor Dan
     These last few months, many have been spending more time at home than we’re used to. We’re treading the same paths, seeing the same sights, and discovering the routines that work for us. I wonder if, in the time you’ve been spending at home, you’ve been surprised by something you’ve seen.
     It’s easy to take for granted where we live; everything can so easily fade into the background, like white noise does for our ears and lingering scents do four our noses. In all this time we’ve been spending at home, walking the same paths and perhaps even tidying up more often with some of that extra time, what have you found? Perhaps it’s something you didn’t know you had—a tool in the back of the junk drawer, or an old coin hiding on a high shelf. Perhaps it’s the name of someone who once lived there etched into a baseboard just out of sight. Perhaps it’s something once thought lost. Perhaps its an old memento like a photograph or a letter that you haven’t seen in years. Or even a toy full of memories in the corner of a closet that hasn’t been cleaned since your kids left home long ago.
     Life is full of things to stumble upon, and it’s so easy for us to breeze by them all without even realizing it. Life can feel empty sometimes, when really it is more full than we could ever imagine. It takes taking time, being fully present, and truly opening our hearts and minds to the world we inhabit to discover the treasures that wait within reach for us, if we would only see.
     “Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him… As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.” Luke 24:13-16, 28-31a

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