Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


April 19, 2011

Dear Friend,

I imagine you find yourself traveling regularly since we live in a traveling culture.  I am on the road enough that at times I sing the old road songs like Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” and John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”


Jesus was a traveling man. He was constantly on the move, constantly walking around the Sea of Galilee, down to Jerusalem and through the area known as Samaria.


I used to imagine that when Jesus was walking with his disciples they were all bunched up together.  My vision of that changed when on a visit to Israel a group of twenty of us walked a portion of the trail along the Wadi Qelt, the deep and winding canyon that runs the fifteen miles between Jerusalem and Jericho.


Over the course of our hike we slowly spread out over half a mile, walking in two’s or three’s and occasionally alone.  I realized that when Jesus was walking with his disciples they would have spread out too.  It meant that every disciple would have had plenty of one-on-one time with Jesus.


In whatever journey of life you find yourself on at the present moment, know that Jesus Christ is walking with you. There is nothing like walking for talking, nothing like the conversation that is shared between two people as they walk some path.


So this Holy Week, walk with Jesus as you remember his walk to Jerusalem, the Last Supper, his betrayal, crucifixion and the joy of his resurrection.  Walk with his disciples on the road to Emmaus.


Know that in this day the risen Jesus walks with you.  Trust him.  Love him.  Talk with him.


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2011 E. Stanley Ott