stay and dwell with me

Jesus and the walk to Emmaus by Gebhard Fugel via Wikimedia Commons

My Lord, from here on never leave me,
    but stay and dwell with me;
    for your presence is my only comfort and consolation,
    just as your absence is my only sorrow.
O Holy Spirit, come into my heart,
    and draw me so near to God,
    that the things of the world may be as nothing to me.
Inflame my heart with your love,
    and there let it burn without ceasing.
Come, I pray, for you are my true joy,
    my only desire,
    and my sweetest love.

John Wycliffe, 1320-1384, English theologian and pastor


By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.  As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them.  Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

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