During the season of Lent, I will be sharing a short post each day as part of the Lent-Photo-a-Day Journey, providing a sort of brief reflection and witness through the journey to and through the cross, to the tomb, and out into the world.
The word designated for March 15th is “Lifted.”
In the end of the Gospel of Luke we hear these words about Jesus’s Ascension in 24:50-53:
“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.”
Jesus lifted up his hands, just as we lift our hands to God in praise and thanks.
In thinking about Lent today, isn’t it interesting how we journey through Lent and we remember during Holy Week especially how Jesus took and shared a meal with his disciples. In that meal which we join in communion, we often see a pastor lift a chalice. In thinking about Good Friday, we remember and confront Jesus being lifted on a cross. Throughout Lent we have a chance to more intentionally lift and share our prayers to God. And on Easter, we have ample opportunity to lift our praise even higher than we normally do, just like Jesus himself did in his own Ascension.
The picture I have chosen for “lifted,” is of a quilt lovingly made by a congregational member where I serve. She stewarded her time and passions in this project, and during Lent it is being used as a teaching tool about Holy Week which we have used each week in worship as part of the children’s sermon.
How do you experience being lifted up in your daily life? What do you lift, and for whom?