The Higher Power We Need

Read Luke 24:13-35

[Jesus] said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.

 - Luke 24:17 (NRSV)

Divorce devastated me. I had grown up as the child of divorced parents and vowed that my children would never know that pain. Now my hope of building a happy family was destroyed. But as I turned to God in my heartbreak, I was inspired to be the best single father I could be. Eventually my children came to live with me full time, and I was blessed to see them thriving and happy. Then I married a woman who shares my faith. Her love and wise partnership brought me healing. Together we have a healthy blended family. The devastation I experienced at the end of my first marriage cannot compare to what the disciples must have felt when Jesus was executed. Not only was their teacher and friend gone, but so was their hope that he would restore their nation to powerful independence. But just as my sorrow was transformed into happiness, the disciples’ grief and disappointment was replaced with joy when Jesus was raised to new life. Christ is greater than our most debilitating sorrow. When our aspirations are crushed, he offers us the power of the resurrection, raising us up to renewed purpose, meaning, and joy.

The Author

Clifford Rawley (Missouri, USA)

Thought for the Day

Christ calls us to new hope and life.


Help us, O Christ, to find in you the strength to overcome sorrow and the hope that will never disappoint. May we bear fruit that honors you. Amen.

Prayer focus:   Those going through divorce