December 18

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

Luke 24:28-31 (NRSV)



I have been fortunate to call many places home. My family moved a few times when I was growing up. I learned at a young age that home is not just one singular place. We can make a place feel like home when we share it with people we love. Even if you live on your own, home can also be found through shared rituals, like the breaking of the bread.


The disciples were on a journey. When they were traveling with Jesus, they didn’t create a home base. Even out on the road, I bet the followers of Jesus had ways to make their journey feel like home. There are occasional times in life when we have a temporary home. The passage in Luke describes the disciples recognizing the resurrected Jesus. After they broke bread together, he vanished from their sight. It is an important lesson to appreciate the present moment and not worry about how long we might call this place home. 


During Advent, we are in a season of preparation. We are preparing our hearts and minds to welcome the birth of Jesus, the Christ child. Many of us prepare for the holiday by decorating our homes. But if you have moved or find yourself in a time of transition, we can remember the way the disciples recognized Jesus through the breaking of the bread.


May this Advent be a season of breaking bread together. Of remembering the importance of shared rituals. God is about to come home. 



Laura Kisthardt

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