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Mark 16:19 – So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (NKJV)

One of our daughters lives in the state of Michigan, USA, some 800 km from where we live. For many years, we went there twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn. Going there and coming back, we always went about halfway, stayed overnight, and then, completed our journey. One year, after our overnight stay, about halfway on the way home, we saw a large number of buggies driven by Old Order Mennonites who live in that area, and we wondered where they were all going on a weekday. Then, we came to a church with the parking area full of horses and buggies tethered to posts. The people were obviously in church. We wondered what they were doing there — a funeral, perhaps, or a wedding? Then it dawned on us: it was Thursday, Ascension Day. We were ashamed and felt bad because we had not thought of it at all. Such an important day in the Christian calendar, and we forgot it.

Even though the calendar in my office does not mention it, my diary says that Ascension Day is on May the 13th this year. It is a Christian holy day to which not much attention is given here in North America. Most calendars don't even make mention of it. However, in most of Europe, it is an actual holiday, a day off from work, and some churches still have worship services on that day. In many places, though, it has become just a long, long weekend, and the real reason for the holiday is observed by only a few. It is like so many Christian holy days now: just another day off.

There are quite a number of stories about Jesus and His followers after His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. He was seen by many people in different locations and at different times. He explained to His disciples what His mission was all about, and He gave the Great Commission to go out and spread the good news, even to the ends of the earth. When the time came for Jesus to leave this earth and to return to His Father in heaven, He said:

Luke 24:48-51 – "And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. (NKJV)

I am sure that they were not sad anymore, like they were when Jesus was buried in the tomb. They remembered His words and His deeds and the promise of the Holy Spirit, Who was to help them in their mandate to spread the gospel.

My wife and I were so upset that we did not remember that important event which happened so many years ago. We won't forget it this year. All you faithful readers, do remember. Please don't forget!

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You that Jesus came to earth, that He taught, healed, and comforted, and that He is with us now. We thank You in His holy name. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Joel.

    Always a great read

    Great reminder, thanks Joel. May God bless you on this important day!

    Thank you. I will remember. Blessed be the tie that binds.

    Thank you. I do not think I have ever heard of this before.
    God bless.

    Thank you so much. Such an important day in our spiritual journey should not be forgotten.

    Joel, thanks for your story and the reminder. Praise to our risen, ascended Lord!

    Amen Joel. Do you ever wonder why, the disciples had to wait as long as they did for the Spirit to come upon them, after the ascension?

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ reminder.
    What an amazing God we serve – coming to earth as a human for us to know Him; to die for our sins and be resurrected; and to ascend into heaven and send the Holy Spirit as our encourager and comforter! He sure is worthy of all our praise and thanks!

    Greetings Joel,
    Thank you for another of your special devotionals. Yes, sometimes we do forget things that are of great importance but that is when we can be thankful for a very understanding and forgiving Saviour who understands our shortcomings. Blessings for these writings you contribute.

    How kind of you to remind some of us and instruct others of us for the very first time of a momentous event that blesses us first timers around! I had never heard of it. I’m sure I am not alone and in many ways the doings of this particular day fit in well with its first-time celebration! Yay for your clarity and remembering. I shall not forget, and I thank you.

    Hi Joel, thank you very much for the reminder of what day today is. As I was starting to read your devotional, the radio station I was listening to read a request for the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, in recognition of the day so I was doubly blessed and very grateful for your reminder and devotional.
    God bless.

    Dear Brother Joel Jongkind,
    Thank you for today’s encouragement.
    We will be having an Ascension Day service on Zoom at our church today. We remember this day every year. I even asked the Canadian Bible Society to add it to their calendar a couple of years ago. As you can tell, your meditation really spoke to me today.
    Thank you again!

    Good morning Joel,
    Yes, forgotten Ascension Day in this world that has been turned upside down. I am grateful for the reminder and reflecting on what today means for me as a Christian. It is difficult to remember what day of the week it is sometimes. I definitely need to remember the importance of the last 40 days that Jesus walked to earth which confirmed his resurrection and the importance of that to the belief of the first disciples and thus to the future of the faith. Thanks for reminding us with your own story which helps me to fix it into my mind. May you always remember and feel the joy of this day.

    Hello Joel, it’s been quite a while and I pray that your family are all staying well. I’ve been in the church my entire life and never remember a time when Ascension was a special celebration day or holiday. Of course, we probably heard about it in the Easter sermons as a part of the whole story. There are some churches that celebrate other events that we know and are known and spoken of but not necessarily celebrated. I just looked a calendar and the only thing on it to celebrate on May 13 would be my late brother’s birthday. God bless you and yours greatly.

    Hi Joel,
    I just finished watching an Ascension Sunday service at a Presbyterian church. I continue to be a member of a United Church and support that church but I also support the Presbyterian church and will attend that church when we are allowed to attend services again. A Presbyterian church feels much more like home to me. There is no Presbyterian church here, so we joined the United church because we wanted to meet more local people. We did meet some lovely folks and they have been and continue to be, supportive of me, for which I am grateful.
    I always appreciate reading your daily devotionals and have given memberships to a couple of other people who enjoy them too.
    Stay well and keep up the good work.

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