Pastor Joanna and I continue to lift each of you in prayer.
Our Council met last Sunday and discussed next steps for Mt. Horeb. We also appointed a transition team to explore re-opening options and procedures. No date has been set for re-gathering, however, a plan for next steps will be shared as soon as possible.
This past week, I shared a few thoughts through a daily devotion regarding Ascension Day. The disciples were gathered together to see Jesus depart and were told to stick around. God was soon going to do something, and they would be “clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:44-53).
Dwelling in this rich story, encourages me to consider: What was it like for the disciples? How did it feel to experience Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection and not know what would happen next? Finally, how does this faith story speak to us today as Jesus promises to be with us always?
We know the rest of the ascension story from this side, however it must have been a truly trustful time of waiting on their part. Then, on the Day of Pentecost, this promise of Jesus comes true. The Holy Spirit comes and touches each, empowering them to continue the ministry. It is what they needed. God provided for them, as promised. And God promises for that to happen, too, in our baptism.
We are called, empowered, and sent. God accompanies us where we go – in the challenges we personally face, in the challenges we face as we go to be the church sharing Christ’s love to the world through advocacy and service.
This passage reminded me of a song I and others sang as Lutheridge camp counselors in the 1980’s: Jesus My Lord (Words and music: John Fischer).
Refrain: Have you seen Jesus my Lord? He’s here in plain view. Take a look, open your eyes, He’ll show it to you. (we sang: He’s always with you).
Here are three of the verses:
1. Have you ever looked at the sunset, with the sky mellowing red? And the clouds suspended like feathers. Then I say, you’ve seen Jesus my Lord.
3. Have you ever looked at the cross, with a man hanging in pain? And the look of love in his eyes? Then I say, you’ve seen Jesus my Lord.
4. Have you ever stood in the family, with the Lord there in your midst? Seen the face of Christ on each other? Then I say, you’ve seen Jesus My Lord.
As we remember the Day of Ascension and soon, the Day Pentecost, we remember how God sent God’s promised Spirit. Today, we trust in God who continues to sustain and lead. God continues to call, empower, and send you and me.
May you see Jesus, my Lord each day. He’s always with you!
Blessings and Peace+