Look Up At More Than The Sky – Blessings On Ascension Day

May 9th

Jesus statueAscension Day – Today is the 40th day of Easter – the 39th day AFTER Easter Sunday, when we commemorate Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven.  What an amazing and wonderful event to observe! In many places in the United States churches join forces to celebrate a combined Day of Prayer and Ascension Day Service, which includes time for reflection. A few churches organize a “church crawl”, where people go from church to church and experience the different prayer events that each have set up. How incredible would it be if people from different Christian faiths joined together for the day to pray together and share their own unique ways of talking to God?  I get chills just thinking about it!  Other churches may have combined cathedral choirs that have a solemn Eucharist written especially for Ascension Day, after which there is a social with food and beverages when people can visit.  Some Lutheran churches have a special ceremony where the Paschal Candle is extinguished and removed after the reading of the gospel on Ascension Day.  At this point in my research I had to look up what a Paschal Candle was . . .turns out it is a new white candle that is lit on Easter and is burned throughout the 40 days of Easter, which culminates in today’s ceremonies. Awesome! I love it!  Sadly, Ascension Day is not recognized as a holiday to anyone in our leadership, so we, as believers must do so privately.  To any folks reading who don’t know about the story of when Jesus ascended to heaven, here’s a brief breakdown.  For a detailed version I highly recommend heading for the New Testament in the Bible. After Christ rose from the dead, he met several times with his disciples during the 40 days after his resurrection to instruct them on how to carry out His teachings.  It is told to us in the Bible that on the 40th day He took them to the Mount of Olives, and there, they watched as He ascended to heaven.  If you celebrate NOTHING else today, please at least pause for a few moments to ponder the sacrifices made on our behalf by our Lord, and be grateful and awed by them.

 

Lost Sock Memorial Day – it stands to reason that this day would follow No Socks Day!  After all, we stripped those socks off of our feet and flung them aside.  Never know where those socks may land once we give them a toss!  Today though, we take it a bit further and we acknowledge that drawer of mismatched socks we have hanging out – the ones we never throw out because we are just sure we are going to find the mates some day.  Quick tip – if you’ve had those socks for a year or more, you aren’t finding the mate.  It’s likely your washer or dryer ate it.  Now you can hold out hope, but why bother?  Today you can be free of all those sad, mismatched socks, and take the opportunity to just get rid of them.  It’s time. . . go on . . . get rid of them . . . I mean it! 

Train Day – this day happens on, or near, May 9th every year.  The year 1868 was a very exciting year in America!  It was the year that the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific railroads were speeding across the wild, American frontier, laying tracks for what would become the first Transcontinental rail line.  A lot of the time the construction was done at great risk for those building it, as huge areas  of the west really were wild and unsettled.  Once completed the train service would be connected from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, which made the world feel a lot smaller on many levels.It would change the face of America!  On this day, 1868 the tracks of the two companies met up at Promontory Summit, Utah.  A golden spike was driver into the final connections of the two tracks.  The first Continental rail line was 1,776 miles long.  Towns, both big and small, would soon sprout up along the route.   I have never ridden on a train.  It’s definitely on my bucket list!

National Moscato Day – This day we celebrate an absolutely lovely, light wine.  The Moscato’s peach, honey and citrus overtones come with an affordable price tag for some Vineyards, which is one reason this wine is so appreciated.  Another is the light flavors – from dry to sweet, from light bodied to full bodies.  Did you know that the Muscat grape is one of the oldest known grape varietals?  If you get the chance to do a taste testing of this lovely grape, please enjoy it.

Food Celebration of the Day –


National Salad Month – With an Emphasis on Today!
The first salad bar opened in 1939 in the Boston Oyster House in Chicago’s Morrison Hotel.

 
I hope you all found something to be enthusiastically celebrating today.  And guess what? Only one more day until the weekend!  I’ll cheer for that!  God Bless You, I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

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