Barbara Tversky - mentioned last week - author of "Mind in Motion," describes a phenomenon called "change blindness." The effect is that changes to the usual or typical expectation are often not seen; we see what we expect to see or have typically seen before. Several examples, including a brief video, are included.
A resurrection faith calls us to notice the things that matter, to follow our Savior's lead toward the Kingdom.
The psalmist who authored Psalm 116 had a near-death experience and found that his trust in God was the answer that brought him new life. The ways of the world revealed their indifference and would have left him for dead. For God's life-giving blessing, the psalmist seeks only to "walk before the Lord."
Walking is where we start the passage from Luke about the two disciples journeying on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Why would they headed for Emmaus? Because it isn't Jerusalem where the leader of their group has recently been crucified. They likely fear further persecutions taking place - first the leader, then the followers.
They're suddenly joined in their walking by a stranger. They can't believe he doesn't know about recent events in Jerusalem. After they explain everything, the stranger chides them and begins reminding them all of the things that Jesus had been teaching them.
A stop at the inn reveals who this stranger is, but then he disappears! It is enough nevertheless for the two disciples to turn around and head back to Jerusalem. Before whom will they walk now?
Learn the whole story by watching the service video below.