Not long ago, I was trying to fix the vacuum cleaner.
For some reason, it had stopped working.
So, I went down the list of possible repairs What could have happened?
I emptied the canister.
Nope, still not working.
What about cleaning the filters?
That didn’t do it either.
I checked Google. Always a good place to find a solution.
There were some suggestions.
So I unassembled parts of the vacuum, and then put them back together.
I was pretty frustrated, so I decided to walk away from the project for a little while. I found something else to do for a bit.
And when I walked back into the room, I noticed back in the corner of the room that I had unplugged the vacuum.
I plugged it back in and it turned right on, good as new.
They weren’t sure how to make sense of it all.
In Luke, two of them meet Jesus himself – and they are so confused that they don’t even recognize this man who had been their friend for years!
(See Luke 24:13-35 for this story)
I get that.
Life is confusing. Frightening at times.
It can be hard to know what to do next.
How can we grow in faith?
How can we improve our family and professional lives?
What should we focus on as a community of faith?
But back to those two disciples on the road.
They meet Jesus, and he takes them back to the basics.
Together they read Scripture.
Together they prayed and offered blessings.
Together they shared a meal.
The very basics of faith – the spiritual equivalent of making sure the power cord is plugged in.
And there, in the basics, they recognized Jesus.
They rediscovered Jesus and re-ignited their faith.
No matter where we are in our lives, no matter what our questions are, the answers are similar.
The solution to the broken vacuum is not some obscure repair work – it needs to be plugged in.
And so does our faith.
This Easter, make sure your faith is plugged in!
Return to the basics.
- Worship together as a community.
- Read Scripture daily – maybe even find a group with whom you can talk about what you read
- Share meals: Holy Communion on Sundays, meals with family, invite friends out to dinner, get to know someone new by sharing a meal.
Rooted in the basics of the life of faith:
Let’s plug in our faith this Easter!
Let’s rediscover Jesus, and reignite our faith.