Savior, Stay With Me

In the New Testament, Luke tells us the experience of Cleopas and his companion, as they walked the road to Emmaus. As the two walked the path, Jesus drew near, and went with them. As they journeyed, the followers of Christ related the recent events. The men’s eyes could not know it was Jesus who walked the road with them. They discussed Christ’s trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. As the day came to an end, the men pleaded to the Man, “Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”

The three shared supper together. The Savior broke bread, and blessed it. As He did so, the men’s eyes were opened, and they knew it was Jesus who had been with them. They exclaimed, “Did not our heart burn within us..?”1

“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way…”

What a beautiful and tender experience for these two disciples on the road to Emmaus! I love their plea to Jesus, to abide with them longer. Even though their eyes were blocked from seeing it was their Lord, they could feel the comforting, all encompassing love of Christ.

I love the touching hymn inspired by Luke’s record of the experience on the road to Emmaus.

The second verse begins;

“Abide with me; ’tis eventide.

Thy walk today with me

Has made my heart within me burn,

As I communed with thee.

Thy earnest words have filled my soul

And kept me near thy side.

O Savior, stay this night with me;

Behold, ’tis eventide.

O Savior, stay this night with me;

Behold, ’tis eventide.”

Abide with Me, Tis Eventide

I share in those pleadings for the Lord to abide with me. Stay with me. I need His guidance through life.

How do we feel the Savior’s presence in our daily lives?

We have faith.

During a Special Easter Sunday Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson taught, “The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power. But He does ask us to believe.”

We seek Him in our daily lives.

We listen. We hear Jesus Christ better when we are still. As commotion in the world continues to increase, so does the need to seek quiet, sacred time to hear the voice of the Lord whisper “His guidance, comfort and peace,” President Nelson said.

As we travel our personal road to Emmaus, we can find comfort in the prophet’s words to us, “Please know this: if everything and everyone else in the world whom you trust should fail, Jesus Christ… will never fail you.”

Jesus loves us to the end. “His pure love never fails us. Not now. Not ever.”2 He will always abide with us when we include Him on our journey. “O Savior, stay this night with me.”3 May our hearts burn within us as we feel Him near.

In faith,

Christie

1Luke 24:13-32

2He Loved Them unto the End“, Jeffrey R. Holland

3Abide with Me; ‘Tis Eventide

Text: Lowrie M. Hofford

Music: Harrison Millard

Featured Image: “Emmaus Road“, by Mike Moyers