A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, May 21, 2020
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Jesus at the Wheel
The good news for all the world on Ascension Day
When Jesus ascended to his seat of authority over all the universe
Has been good news every day since
With Jesus at the wheel, if you will, of all existence
Your trust and faith in him will lead to hope
In every circumstance of life.
Jesus’ own loving witness to God’s truth, justice, mercy and grace
Is our assurance of that.
I’m sure most, if not all, of us have an appreciation
For the importance of who’s behind the wheel.
Whether crosstown or long road trips in a car
Bus trips with the team to ball games
To the amusement park with the youth group
Around concert stops with the choir and glee club
Along sights of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
In any one of those situations,
The quality of driver plays a big role
In your faith and hope for arriving safely at your destination.
And when the driving is uneven or even bad
Like one youth group trip to Cedar Point
And the last leg of a Lutherland Pilrimage
Driven by an apprentice …
Bobbing and weaving into the berm …
Getting lost trying to find the hotel …
Faith and hope becomes so low
That you consider ending the trip
Even before you arrive at your destination.
No such concerns with Jesus at the wheel of the universe though.
Jesus crucified, raised from the dead and ascended on high
Is already the destination which we can all trust
With hope as he ever draws us forward toward him.
Whether via email or telephone calls or cards or zoom meetings
Or chance meetings in the grocery or around town
I give thanks for the faith you clearly exhibit in Christ Jesus
Who is drawing us together through the events of this pandemic
And pray that God fans the hope which comes through that faith
Even as we trudge along day after seamless day.
The God who made the universe now rules the universe in Christ Jesus.
Let’s make the most of the ride together!