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Hightened Perspectives 18 May 2007

Posted by Dr Moose in Faith, Life.

Sitting at my desk tired and somewhat unwell I have just read Kathryn’s blog with her thoughts on Ascension Day. I have to admit that I might be of a different generation and background, because it’s only in recent years that I’ve been able to see Ascension as anything other than a bit of a Cinderella. Yes, I was lucky enough to go to a school with a Chapel and Chaplain, but all I remember Ascension Day for was a compulsory Chapel service at 1230pm.

Of course, now I find the most fascinating, even moving, part of the thoughts around the Ascension is that not only did the coming of the Word of God in Jesus not leave humanity unchanged, but that he also could not return to the glory of heaven unchanged, instead taking a perfected and renewed human body in the heavenly realm for all time. “A man there sits in glory now, divine, yet human still” as the Modern (in the sense of 1950s) hymn puts it.

This year marked the first year in Kings Hill that I ran an Ascension Day Communion, ironically at 1230pm, in the hall. Also last night I presided at a parish not far away while their Rector (who one of the parishioners described as “a breath of fresh air”) is off on a cruise for his holiday.

I don’t wish to spoil the theological thoughts, but there was something for which I was even more profoundly grateful than the celebration of the Ascension: the combination of Lesson Readers, an Intercessor, a musician and a server! To not be the “one-man band” was for me also a much-needed “breath of fresh air!” (Lord, I want more!)



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