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I can relate to the line in Luke's account of the Ascension in Acts 1:1-11.

Two men in white standing near the disciples say to them, 'Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky?' It's as if they are totally bewildered and at a loss to respond to what comes next. Have you ever felt that way? Someone we love is no longer with us and things are just not the same. It can take some time to be motivated again and it's not difficult to stare into the blue.

We read in the Gospel from Mark 16:15-20 that Jesus returns to his Father and sits at his right hand while the disciples go out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them confirming his presence by the healings and miracles they performed. They didn't stare into the blue for too long. They took up the mission of Jesus and were his witnesses to the ends of the earth.

And here in this country of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Earth's end, we are called to go in peace glorifying the Lord by our lives. The Gospel story and our part in it continues and Jesus from his place in heaven through his Spirit is always with us.

Listen to Awesome God.

'God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.'

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