Ascension Day; Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28: 16-20
He vanished from their sight, but did he rise
to lofty palaces above the skies
to sit in gloried state at God’s right hand?
Or did he slip among them where they stand?
The angels laughed: “Why do you seek afar
the one who’s always with you where you are?”
To visions bringing insight, it seems odd
when we in worship set apart our God,
who comes among us as a baby curled
within the welcome womb of every world,
and lives and dies and rises, seen or not,
in all the grime and muddle of our lot;
yet we persist in seeing Christ ascend,
although he said he’s with us to the end.
           Barbara Messner 20 May 2020

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