I have been hesitant to blog since I got back from The Walk to Emmaus on Sunday evening for a couple reasons: 1) I was really tired, 2) I had a busy week, and 3) I wanted my first post to be meaningful instead of random tidbits of information I was tempted to post just to break the (blog) silence. i really got a lot out of Emmaus. Here are some of te highlights:
- I realized that I am still a bit fearful of the gifts God has given me. I was even finding myself feeling a bit ashamed of them. I think this is because I am coming from a faith tradition where it was not okay for women to have these gifts or express them to their fullest extent. Owning up to that was a bit intense because I was basically having to say whether or not I was going to keep hiding behind this fear or not. I have chosen “Not.” I have kinda felt like God was calling me to get involved with the youth group but was holding back for some reason. I think this may have been part of it along with the fact that since my middle school/high school days were anything but fun I am scared to go back to that time in my life. But I am going to get involved. I am not sure what that is going to look like yet, but I am going to potentially lead a small group and maybe a Wednesday night Bible study of some sort.
- Recently God has been helping me see the beauty of the diversity of his people. This is two fold:
1) The Body of Christ. In a very real way, Christ is tangible in that the members of the Body of Christ are tangible. When we look into the faces of our brothers and sisters, we see the face of Christ. This is a simple thing, but somewhat hard to grasp for some reason. I felt more a part of the Body of Christ in a way I have never felt before. It was not a body divided by denominational lines, theological beliefs, and worship preferences or styles. It is a Body of Christ that recognizes race, creed, sex, and liturgy (or lack there of) without allowing it to divide. It is a Body of Christ that walks humbly before our God and it is that, coupled the Holy Spirit, that unites us with a bond that cannot be broken.
2) Those who have not yet believed. In a very real way, everyone in the entire world, whether they believe in Jesus as the Son of God or not, bears the image of the Most High God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They were created in His image. Belief in God does not effect this truth.
It makes “Loving your neightbor as yourself” much easier to grasp, I think, when you realize each person you interact with displays the face of God in a very unique way. It’s redemptive.
- God also confirmed my calling into ministry and redeemed some of the circumstances of mylife in a way that will make it easier to choose to be content with my circumstances.
So that’s it folks. I would highly encourage anyone considering whether or not to participate in The Walk to Emmaus (or Chrysio or Chysillis) to take the plunge and attend. You will need a sponsor which for the most part is just someone who has already attended. If you don’t know of anyone, just contact your local Emmaus folks and I think they can help out with that. You can find out about your local Emmaus community by visiting the national page. There is a link on the left hand side of the page that says, Finder and Community Map.
As for recomendations for those going, here is what I would say:
1) The less you know about the weekend the better. This may seem counterintuitive (especially in our culture) but it is true in this case.
2) Take the Monday after the weekend off or at least arrange to go in late (like after lunch).
3) If you are an introvert, ask God to help you bear the large amount of people time you will have to spend. Just remember it’s only three days.
4) Keep in mind that everything is for a purpose. While some things might seem annoying and for no good reason, the speifics of The Walk to Emmaus are very intentional.
5) Try not to ask a lot of questions before hand. (see #1)
I guess that’s it. Questions? Leave me a comment or e-mail me at ThePinkhammer (at) gmail (dot) com.