Therefore, because you were raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Dear Lord Jesus,
You took all our sins into yourself when you went to the cross. Then you gave up your life to defeat death itself. As you rose from the dead, the empty tomb on that first Easter morning gives us our hope and promise of salvation. It only comes from you. This world we live in will one day pass away, but because we have faith in you, we have the hope of eternal life, which will never end. Our faith was created in us through your Holy Spirit, and he daily sustains it through your Word and sacraments. This week we celebrate your ascension, and we pray that you will strengthen our faith today. So like the disciple, let us look to heaven, not to see you leave but with the anticipation of your second coming and the resurrection of the dead. We also pray that you would also assist us in seeing what is essential for our families and us. Let us live our lives today focused on your repentance and forgiveness. If it would be your will, please grant us opportunities to share what is truly important with someone who does not know you. That they, too, would look toward heaven and find you. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
We all struggle with sin and need forgiveness. Looking to heaven, we see Christ has already forgiven us through his love. So, now receive Christ’s peace of forgiveness.