Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 17, 2009

Acid reflux? No. A stirring in the gut, a deepening passion, a compelling motivation? Yes. That's heartburn.

Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
- Luke 24:32 TNIV

Heart burn is mentioned at the end of the wonderful Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35). It's Sunday, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day as two travellers return to their home in the town of Emmaus, and a mysterious stranger walks the road with the two. He learns of their disappointment upon Jesus' death, and encourages them with scriptures, the Word of God, to help them have new hope, even amidst the rampant rumors that Jesus is not dead but risen. How little they knew! For when they dine with the stranger and give grace, and break the bread they recognize the stranger as Jesus himself, the risen Lord.

Their heartburn was pondering the hope in the Word of God, and the liberating truth of life in Christ--Holy Heartburn!

Dale Patterson