Friday, February 21, 2014

Today, in the Here and Now

Transcendence     extending or lying beyond the limits of ordinary experience; being beyond comprehension

I’ve been reading a book, “The Bible Handbook of Difficult Verses” by Josh and Sean McDowell.  One of the things that was brought to light, was that in order to help us understand scripture, we need to understand what the specific passages meant for those who first spoke them or wrote them down and what the passages to those who heard them or read them. We can understand the Bible better when we learn what was said, who said it, how it was said, where it was said, when it was said and why it was said. Now I know this might seem like a lot to look at, but you have to remember; at the time it wasn’t written or spoken to anyone in the good ol’ U.S. of A.  Yet as we read, it can transcend from the then to the now.  God’s ways are mighty indeed.

Well, that’s all fine and good, but what does this have to do with the Kalamazoo Area Emmaus community?  Well, the text and scripture that is covered on a weekend event hasn’t changed very much, yet it can still move our hearts and very soul in the same way it did 20 or 30 years ago when it was just starting, the Emmaus movement.  The technology of today is different, but the thoughts and yearnings of man are still the same.  Google doesn’t have all the answers, even though we might think so.  Yes, we have information at our finger tips, but do we have or take the time to weed though it all and ponder it?  What does it mean to me, in my life, right now?

The thing about God’s Word, is even though the material was written to a particular people in a specific region at a specific time, it can still be applied to people today, here in Southwest Michigan to affect people we know and care about.  That’s one of the unique characteristics designed in humans; we are all created to be in relationship with God and other humans on this planet.  This transcends time and space; therefore when God speaks to his people, he speaks to the WHOLE world.

The weekend event, The Walk to Emmaus, is designed to provide the people participating to clear out the clutter of distractions and lay out a flowing path about God’s grace and allow you to “ponder” what this means to me, here and now; in 2014.  It still applies today as it did when you attended your Walk to Emmaus, whether it was 5, 10, 15 or even 20 or more years ago.  The same recipe is designed to produce the same results, experience the grace of God.

God’s Word is old, but it still applies today.  The Walk to Emmaus has been around a long time too, but if given the chance it can still be a powerful tool in showing elements of the character of God, that some of us haven’t yet seen in our life time.  Share God and share the experience of God’s grace.

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