Ascension

Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.  2 Kings 2:1-15  I woke up late this morning. Whenever that happens I always seem to find my self behind and it takes a while to feel like I am able to rise up to whatever occasion the day brings. As I struggle to get ahead throughout the day, I remember it’s the 40th day of Easter – Ascension, the celebration of Jesus ascent into heaven after having resurrected and appearing before his disciples.  Feeling like I could sure use that double share of spirit, I remembered my praise. Ascension – some days, it feels just like that.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
   from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

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Today

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” Hebrews 3:12-19  Today I attended the funeral for the grandmother of a dear friend. She was 103 when she took her last breath. I never met my friends grandmother but I wish that I had. Just three years before she was dancing on the dance floor as she and her family celebrated her 100th birthday. Then, three years later, her spirit is lifted up. When you think about it life can be long or life can be short but there’s always “today”, a gift from God that comes with or without us, like the Spirit that moves without respect of person. Today is given so that we have every opportunity to love as God loves. I’m guessing that my friend’s grandmother loved a lot of people. Today, it’s our turn.

O Lord, you have dealt graciously with your servant, according to your word. Teach me discernment and knowledge, for I have believed in your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and you bring forth good; instruct me in your statutes.  Psalm 119:65-68