Last Thursday was the Feast of the Ascension. I talked about it in my sermon today.
The world view of the 1st century is difficult for us to understand. Heaven was 'up there', the flat earth was 'down here' and hell was 'down there.' A three tiered universe.
We know better. 'Up there' is the vast expanse of interstellar space. We live on a round planet circling the sun. And 'down there' is hot lava at the center of the earth and dirt and rock and water on the way down.
But I do think 'ascension' has something to teach us.
We can 'rise above' the madness and pain and confusion of the world.
And our ascension depends on our love.
Fear is the great divider--what is at work in our world today, pitting people against people who are 'different'.
Love is the great unite-er, letting us recognize that 'the other' is just like us. That all people are children of God no matter what their race or religion or place of origin.
We are all One.
We need to rise above the fray and know that and live that out.
Only that love--from God to us to others--will bring sanity and peace and unity.
Just that. Nothing else.
Ascend with me.....
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