Joy and Strength 05/08

And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Luke xxiv. 51.

Lift up our thoughts, lift up our songs,
And let Thy grace be given,
That while we linger here below.
Our hearts may be in heaven.
C. F. Alexander.

THE parting blessing of our Lord was changed in the moment of its utterance into a pledge of eternal love, of unfailing and ever-watchful care for the well-being of His people.
John Ellerton.

When the living presence of Jesus was taken away from His own, it was not that they were to have Him less, but in a lovelier, in a diviner way. For when He rose up to heaven. He took there with Him, all their hearts, and all their minds, and all their love. So is it with us. He is gone up to heaven, into the bosom of the Father, into the Father’s heart of love, and we ascend up there with Him, with all our hearts, and all our love, and rest where He resteth, in the Father’s heart. There is there no separation, but one life, one existence, as He is one with the Father. And thus it is that being one with Him we can be as clear, bright mirrors that reflect His glory.
Henry Suso

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