A Poem for Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day, when we remember/acknowledge the day where Jesus ascends into heaven after his resurrection. The text can be found in the Book of Acts, chapter 1:

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he game them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them, “It is not for you to now the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Acts chapter 1 (NIV)

“Ascension Day”

When you soared, feet leaving earth
(or so I’m told)
Like scarred Superman
Taking flight
Watching us roll away
(And looking at the bottoms of your feet)

We were alone then,
But with more than we ever had before.

For then you entered us—YOU!
Invaded our flesh
Penetrated spirit and being
The true soul-lover

So that you, in Spirit
Could be with us—
Seeing MORE
Calling for MORE
Inviting us into destiny.

While you in FLESH
Re-assumed your place
In the divine dance,
And brought humanity home
Flesh and blood back to Father and Sister Spirit.

We watched while this happened
Typically unknowing—maybe—
That all the universe had changed
As it always does.

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