“…why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” (Acts 1:11)
How could they not?
When a dead man becomes alive and then rises into heaven, how do we not stare?
What has happened to the disciples is impossible and terrifying.
But the message, delivered by equally unbelievable messengers, is: get ready to act here.
Heaven breaks in to focus us on earth.
See what is possible here: the impossible.
Beloved, let us not get lost gazing into the beyond;
but let our awe of the beyond focus our attention here,
with rising power.
This is where the terrifying and impossible happen.
This is the place.
We are the ones.
-Fire: Ash Wednesday to Pentecost