If I were to guess, most of us probably are not gathering to celebrate today. If we truly believe what we say we believe about The Ascension of our Lord, it would have to run a close third place holy day–only behind Christmas and Easter. In the PrayNow App, The Ascension of our Lord is described:
"Ascension Day is the coronation celebration of our Lord as He is proclaimed to be King of the universe. Jesus' ascension to the Father is His entrance to the greater existence beyond the confines of time and space, begin no longer bound by the limitation of His state of humiliation. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God, which Luther correctly taught is everywhere, having again taken up the power and authority that were His Ince before time. Yet our Lord is present with us who remain bound by time and space. He is with us as true God and true man, exercising His rulership in the Church through the means of grace which He established: His Word and His Sacraments. We mortals in those means of grace can grasp the King of the universe and receive a forties fo the feast to come."
Translation: Jesus rules! This means for us that we have peace with all that happens. We may be dismayed about what happens, or we may be sad, angry frustrated, etc. Yet, it has happened and He is in charge! I feel better already!
Posted on May 13, 2021 2:17 PM
My recent experience at Thomas Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience led me to think about vulnerability and assuaging that feeling. I felt totally vulnerable throughout my time there, from the moment I sat on the gurney to the moment I walked out the door. Yet, I was never scared. How did this happen, I have thought. It happened because of the amazing, personal care I received, from my neurosurgeon coming to speak with me (using my first name) in the pre-op room to the smiling, young custodian the following morning greeting me as he emptied the trash can. The whole team, from neurosurgeon to custodian, was focused on caring for me. I have NOTHING bad to say about my experience at TJHN.
It’s led me to think, what do people experience, when they encounter us—either individually or at church? Once people know we are Christian, others likely “feel” something akin to vulnerable. How do we respond? Hopefully, we emulate something approximating TJHN, making people the focus and recognizing their position of vulnerability with attentiveness, compassion, and love. In doing so, we are more likely to gain their ears and hearts for excellent outcomes—total healing in Jesus.
Posted on May 07, 2021 6:50 AM
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ... Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:28b-29, 34).
God the Father provides for us. Period. That's the teaching here. We certainly should prepare for the future, using the gifts He has given us to love our neighbor as ourselves–think talents, skills, knowledge etc. Still, that planning may go right out the window very quickly tomorrow. God allows to happen all that does, indeed, happen. Even the evil that happens, God allows. Think about Jesus' crucifixion. Yet, look what God did with that crucifixion: it becomes the way of salvation. Remember how the patriarch Joseph confesses the truth that God turns evil to good: "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for" (Genesis 50:20). That God is in charge means that we don't have to be, thereby freeing us from anxiety. Our role, job, calling? To love God and neighbor. Cheers to being like a lily.
Posted on April 09, 2021 9:35 PM
Today is a blog that wants to help people live theologically (Theo means God, logically derives from logos or word). So, to live theologically means to live God's Word.
Posted on April 09, 2021 9:35 PM