Have you ever embarked on a walk without knowing where it might lead you? Sometimes, life takes us on unexpected paths, and it's on these journeys that we can discover the most profound lessons and experience the warmth of companionship. Here we explore the importance of walking together, both physically and spiritually, and how it can bring us closer to ourselves, others, and the divine.
Drawing inspiration from the biblical story of Cleopas and the other disciple walking to Emmaus, we learn that even when our hearts are heavy with sorrow or confusion, we are never alone. As the two disciples walked with a stranger, they discovered a new understanding and warmth, eventually recognising the stranger as Jesus himself.
Life often presents us with challenges and moments when we feel lost or overwhelmed. In these times, it is essential to remember that we are not alone on our journey. We can seek solace in the company of friends, family, and even strangers who can offer comfort, guidance, and support.
Moreover, we must remember that we walk with the divine. As the hymn "Abide with Me" so beautifully expresses, God is always with us, offering strength and comfort during life's darkest moments. Even when we can't see or feel His presence, we are called to believe in the promise of new beginnings and the assurance that the worst will pass.
In today's fast-paced world, it is all too easy to overlook the beauty and miracles that surround us. We must not let busyness prevent us from experiencing the wonders of life and the blessings of companionship. As we walk together, we can learn from each other, grow in faith, and gain a deeper appreciation for the world around us.
So, whether you are walking a mile a day, exploring a scenic Scottish path, or embarking on a new journey in life, remember that you are never alone. Embrace the opportunity to walk with others, share your experiences, and be open to the lessons and companionship that the journey may bring.
As we continue to walk through life, let us cherish the moments we share with others, the lessons we learn, and the ever-present love and guidance of the divine.
Happy walking, and may your journey be filled with discovery, faith, and companionship.
Full Sermon (Abridged)