As I was driving recently, I thought I saw my friend Ellen running.  Her pony tail was the right color and length, her outfit looked like one my friend owns, and she turned into my friend’s neighborhood.  However, I quickly concluded it wasn’t Ellen after I watched a few of her strides.  The girl’s gait differed from my friend’s way of running.  Like recognizing a dear friend’s voice over the phone without any introduction, the ability to recognize someone from a distance comes from a familiarity developed through time spent together.  That gift of recognition, grown from a special closeness with someone, is a comfort and a blessing. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him …  Luke 24:31 At first glance, that…