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No Timeline - Thought for the Day, 5/20/2020
May 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Ascension.  This feast doesn’t always reach a place of great prominence in the Christian year, partially because it always falls on a Thursday.  The Christian calendar says that Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after Easter Sunday.  Even when we are allowed to meet in the church building, it can be hard to gather a crowd on a Thursday.  More than just the day of the week making it difficult, the Feast of the Ascension is theologically difficult for some people.  The Ascension of Christ is described in glorious terms in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.  But the Feast of the Ascension may raise some feelings of separation anxiety.  In the face of Christ’s glory, there might be a hint of uncertainty: Jesus left us once and came back, but who is to say that he will return again this time?  The disciples did not know that Pentecost was only ten days away.  They did not have the benefit of a timeline.  When was the promised Holy Spirit scheduled to arrive?  In our time of worldwide anxiety, we may be able identify with the disciples’ feelings.  We know what life looked like “before;” what will life look like “after?”  When will “after” arrive?  Maybe we should look to the disciples for some ideas.  Even in the face of their anxiety, the disciples present themselves in the temple where they continually praise God.  May we do the same!

Questions for Reflection:

  • What are our deepest anxieties during this time of pandemic?
  • How can we better place our anxieties in God’s abundant arms?
  • How can we reframe our anxieties to give God greater glory?

From Psalm 47: God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the ram's-horn.  Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is King of all the earth; sing praises with all your skill.


 
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