Day 49

Today’s Picture: Icon of the Ascension


The Resurrected Jesus: Ascension

Jesus leaves the disciples.
It’s time to move on and not rely on Jesus to take charge.
Now it’s time for the disciples to go out by themselves;

they were sent out before to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,
this time it’s to the whole world.
But they do they have the courage?


Today’s Prayer

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God. 

Gift: Ask for what you desire.  Suggestion: That I may receive the gift of the Spirit.

Setting: In your imagination be there in that scene on the Mount of Olives.
You could be a disciple, one of his family.  What strikes you about these events?

Mark  13:32-42 HCSB

Jesus said to his disciples, 
“It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority.  
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you,

and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus was taken up as they were watching,
and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 
While He was going, they were gazing into heaven,
and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. 
They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?
This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven,
will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven.” 

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called the Mount of
Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away. 

When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were
staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas,
Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.

All these were continually united in prayer,
along with the women,
including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.

Conversation: Talk to the resurrected Jesus. What might you want to say. 
How do you imagine he might reply to you.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.


Today’s Music

Today’s Music: Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise written by Charles Wesley sung by the Michael’s Singers
More hymns of Charles Wesley


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