Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ascension Day

"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?" say two men in white robes as the disciples gape. Well, duh! Jesus just got lifted up and into a cloud; I'd look too.

But it occurred to me this morning that if you keep looking up, two things happen: first of all, you get a horrible crick in the neck. But secondly, you can't notice anything going on around you.

It seems to me that a whole lot of Jesus' followers are still looking up toward heaven, waiting for Jesus to come back in the clouds, instead of looking around us at the work Jesus has given us to do. You keep looking up, you run into a lot of stuff, trip, generally can't see where you're going. Maybe the message was, "Watch where you're going."

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