So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. – Luke 24:28-35
I had total knee replacement surgery on Monday (4/17). The experience has been quite remarkable. Not only did they have me up and walking the day of the surgery, they encouraged me to do as much as I can to move about so that the healing process goes well. I discovered that one of the major issues is the disruption of the quadricep near the knee that has received the new prosthesis.
About 6 weeks before the surgery a CAT scan was performed on my knee. This was used to make a 3-d model of my knee so that the prosthesis could be custom fit to my specific knee joint. Cool stuff! Now all I need is to heal, gain strength, and let the pain go away.
Immediately following surgery my pain level was about level 8 out of 10. No fun. Remarkable as it may seem the pain has significantly lessened following some rigorous PT and a short walk (using a walker to be sure!). Oh, yes, there is the matter of some pretty good drugs!
Diane has been with me – a steady helpmeet – the entire time. Early evening some friends and our son and his wife came by, as did Pastor David Schultz. These were all very welcome guests. That’s at least part of the reason for regaling you with all these details: Some folks are more welcome guests than others. I wouldn’t be so keen on a visit from just anyone. People who are close to me are a bright spot and certainly welcome.
Then there is Jesus. Even though the Emmaus disciples had not yet discovered that it was Jesus who has joined them on the road, they wanted him to stay with them. Jesus brings blessings when he comes into our lives. When we experience the kindness and love of others along life’s way, we are experiencing a reflection of Jesus’ loving kindness and favor. So, yes, “Stay with me Jesus, for it is night and the day is far spent.” This is my prayer tonight.