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Ascension Day

Ascension Day 2019
May 30, 2019
Luke 24: 44-52

This post is a day late-
 the electricity went out for 14 hours yesterday into today
 with a major storm that came through Northern Virginia.
So just now finishing this up.
This day might have just slipped by on your calendar.
Many churches that used to hold worship
 on this day now observe it 
on the previous or next Sunday.
The resource from the Visual Faith Ministry 
website helped me to stop a moment 
and reflect on the Ascension.
In what could have been a very sorrowful day-
 of losing the presence of Jesus- 
became a day filled with joy and praise.
There was something his disciples 
were beginning to understand about His presence.
Jesus was with them-
 even when his physical presence was not.
They left Bethany 
"and they worshiped him 
and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and were continually in the temple blessing God."
How much of my day do I spend in worship
 and blessing God?
Such an outright challenge to priorities.
So fitting that on this rather unobtrusive day
 on the calendar-
that a few moments are spent reading
 this section of Scripture.
I love the section right before the Ascension 
when Jesus "opened their minds to understand Scripture."

this is my prayer -
open my mind.
Take me further, 
push the boundaries,
take me higher.
By the power of the Holy Spirit.

Visual Church Year printable
Water colors
Colored pencils
Junk mail cutouts


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