Up! Up and away – Ascension hymn

Up! Up and away! - Ascension hymn

Up! Up and away! Was it really that crazy? 
Seems too much like magic, so hard to believe. 
His ministry ended. The cross was behind him. 
Disciples commissioned, so much to receive.
The Spirit was coming, the mission beginning, 
the world was their parish to love and to hold. 
Disciples went on in the strength of that Spirit, 
a Spirit of power to inspire and enfold.
But that would come later, for now they were waiting, 
in hiding, reflecting on all they had seen; 
on all Jesus taught them, in words and through wonders, 
in all they had heard, of whom Jesus had been.
This Jesus had promised, had challenged, encouraged, 
had offered them peace that the world could not give. 
And soon all the earth would be spun on its axis, 
and we share that Spirit, in Christ we will live! 

Andrew Pratt (born 1948)
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Image extract from iPad art Andrew Pratt