In the book of Luke, chapter 24, there is a story of a few of Jesus' followers walking on the road to Emmaus. They are leaving the city of Jerusalem in the aftermath of Jesus' death and unbeknownst to them His resurrection. They are joined by Jesus on the road but they don't recognise Him until after they have shared food together. All of a sudden their eyes are opened and one says to the other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'
Perhaps, I am alone, but there are times in my life when I wonder where that 'burning heart' experience goes to. There are of course times when I feel that my faith is strong and full of energy but there are other times when my soul grows cold and reading the Bible feels like a chore rather than anything that sets my heart alight.
Perhaps it's been years since you've felt anything like what the two travellers describe. Perhaps you can identify a life experience or a moment when the flames started to dim a little. I can remember being on mission trips, or in the middle of an exciting period of church or family life and being so aware of God's activity in my life that my heart burned within me. I can remember the Bible seeming more alive in moments like these. Yet, time and again the heat dissipates and the flame dulls down to embers.
May we find people to share life with who help us keep the flame of our faith burning. May we bring words of encouragement that point one another to Jesus. May we know the feeling of our hearts burning with us as we walk along the road of life with Jesus.