May 17th, 2012

light in the darkness

[Eastertide, day 40: Ascension] joy sadhana

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

On one occasion, Jesus told them [the apostles Jesus had chosen] not to leave Jerusalem. "Wait, rather, for what God has promised, of which you have heard me speak," Jesus said. "John baptized with water, but within a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

While meeting together they asked, "Has the time come, Rabbi? Are you going to restore sovereignty to Israel?"

Jesus replied, "It's not for you to know times or dates that Abba God has decided. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth."

Having said this, Jesus was lifted up in a cloud before their eyes and taken from their sight. They were still gazing up into the heavens when two messengers dressed in white stood beside them. "You Galileans -- why are you standing here looking up at the skies?" they asked.

-Acts 1:4-11a (The Inclusive Bible)


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