Today’s Scripture Selection: Mark 16:19
(Note to faithful readers: Please excuse the bit of hedging on our alphabetical search through the scriptures. X is a pesky little letter so I’m afraid we’ll have to settle for using words that have x somewhere in them!)
“So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”
I am all for encouraging intimate, even friendly, conversation with God. Too often I think people are intimated by the idea of talking to God. Maybe that’s why I love the play “Fiddler on the Roof”. The main character seems to have such a comfortable, but still reverential, way of addressing the Almighty.
On the other hand, a little awe is also in order.
Sometimes (I notice it especially in some of the modern praise music) that we refer to Jesus more as our buddy; our next door neighbor; the friend with whom we have morning coffee – than the exalted King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The account of the transfiguration of Christ sets all that on its ear.
We need to remember that our Lord, caring and compassionate as He is, “was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”
Even without wading into the deep theological waters of what that actually means – surely we can agree it is an exalted position – the position above all other positions.
So, along with giving thanks that God listens to our prayers even (or especially) when they are offered in simple conversation…
Now and then, I suggest we kneel in true, humble, adoration.
Prayer: Almighty God, Heavenly Father, and Lord – may I always lift up my praises to you, as I should. AMEN.