The Burning Heart
It was very early in the morning when Jesus’ disciples discovered that his tomb was empty. On the evening of that day, two other followers of Jesus encountered him on seven-mile journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Along the way he explained to them, from their scriptures, what had happened and why it happened. Later they remarked to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
In the process of that encounter, Luke states that “their eyes were opened” (24:31). From time to time, we all need to have our eyes opened—yes, even those who have already placed their faith in Christ! Like those two believers on the Emmaus Road, the hours, days and weeks following the resurrection can be a time for us to get perspective on what God has done.
That is the purpose of Eastertide. The celebration of Easter—Eastertide—extends for fifty days, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday (May 15). It is a time to rejoice and reflect. It is a time to express profound gratitude. It is a time to celebrate life.
During Eastertide 2016 we plan to do just that. Rejoice, reflect, express our gratitude and celebrate resurrection. May our hearts burn within us as new insight and joy flood our lives!