Looking back on my own lifelong journey to draw closer to our Savior Jesus Christ, I decided to pray about, and reflect upon these six decades plus of life I have been able to experience. My life has been and remains my ongoing personal “Road to Emmaus” story. Luke’s story about these ancient disciples of Christ reflect far too many times in my life when I went from believing, to questioning, to wavering, to doubting, to walking away, and then back into the company of Christ. In a lifelong search for Christ, it is fine, in fact, I believe, it is required for a believer to question, search for greater understanding, and ultimately to seek a greater fullness of Truth—the eternal Truth brought to fulfillment by the Risen Christ. This ancient story found in Luke’s Gospel is known as “The Road to Emmaus”. It is my story, your unfolding story, and that of billions of lives around the modern world. Seek Truth. This you owe to yourself!
The following is a prayer I wrote around 6 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020. It’s a very brief heartfelt and prayerful description of my ongoing relationship with our dear Lord.
Dear Lord, I am not certain how or where I am to go in this one unearned lifetime. I give You my whole being, my heart, my mind, and my spirit. I cannot know for certain where I will be tomorrow; or how I will journey there. I cannot know whom I shall meet. I cannot know why our paths shall cross. However, my Lord and my God, I know this day and forever, that You are my God in whose divine company I shall forever strive to walk humbly, to love goodness, and to serve others. AMEN.
Somewhere within you is a heart afire! It is a heart, in fact, a sacred vessel, and a temple in which our dear Lord now rests. When life or circumstances burden you, when worries dominate your thoughts, or when your faith seems weak, be willing to quiet down, and with the trust of a child, ask our dear Lord to watch over you, guide you, and enter more fully into your very being. On that ancient Road to Emmaus two broken hearts and doubting minds were restored and brought to new life…a NEW LIFE spent in the company of Christ. Go out into your part of society and seek and find our dear Lord. Look and you will see Him. Listen and you will hear our Lord speaking to you. In silence, wonder and you will find wisdom. Pray and you will see God. AMEN.
-Father Michael Briese