Thursday, May 13
Today is Ascension Day – marking 40 days since Easter and the time when Jesus ascended into heaven after his resurrection, and encouraged his disciples to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit so that they could be his witnesses to the ends of the earth.
For ten days from the Ascension to the day of Pentecost the disciples met together and prayed. And on the day of Pentecost they received the Holy Spirit and shared the message of Jesus to others, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
This year, as you know, from Ascension Day to Pentecost, All Saints is joining the global ecumenical movement of prayer – Thy Kingdom Come, committing ourselves to pray for ten days for others to come to know or be reacquainted with Jesus.
To participate in this program – starting today you can join us for 10 minutes of daily prayer in our prayer room at either 8am, 12pm, 5pm or 9pm. Or feel free to participate at home – a prayer journal resource has been provided by Thy Kingdom Come with a daily reflection and prayer. Below is the reflection for today from this resource.
Following the way
The first followers of Jesus weren’t called Christians. That came later. They were called followers of ‘the way’ (see Acts 24.14). This seems like a good place to start: especially at such a dark and difficult time for our world. The Christian faith is a way of life. In fact, Jesus himself says to his friends on the night before he dies, “I am the way”.
Jesus shows us what humanity can be like when it is lived God’s way. His kindness, generosity, goodness, and forgiveness are from God. This is what God is like. God welcomes everyone.
Life is hard. The way ahead isn’t obvious. And faced with difficulty and uncertainty, God doesn’t send us a rule book or a map. He sends a companion to walk with us: Jesus, the way. And he is not just the way for us – but for each and every person. Let us pray for those we know and love that they may find the way of Christ.
Loving God, when I’m feeling lost or lonely or afraid or uncertain of the way ahead, be my guide, a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. And today help me to be a good companion to those I meet. Amen.