Ascension Day…

…the day that You abandoned us, leaving this world God-haunted. I know the Holy Ghost comes as a Comforter, leading us into all truth. But I must admit this truth leaves me as cold as the presence of Your absence in this world. You went away. You left us here, to muddle through as best we can. And we have yet to find You fully, and all too many mornings it feels I’m merely making it all up over and over again.

In The Problem of Pain, C. S. Lewis unfathomably calls this loss “the ultimate law,” claiming that things will only live for us once we abandon them, that the very lack of a thing gives rise to a longing which calls us out of ourselves, and only there will we find ourselves, along with all we long for, thrown in. He names this thing “Joy,” though I must admit I’ve never felt at all sure why, for this painful stab seems mostly to show us not much more than how alone we are.

And, truth be told, we are so alone. Perhaps the candles that we kindle, all the songs we sing, perhaps these acts of worship that all too often lapse into going through the motions are just that and nothing more. He has left us SO alone.

What then? Sleep in on Sabbath, cast it all aside as if alone is all our story? I hope to God that even still, I’m not that kind of fool–not yet, at least. For in the heart of emptiness, of pangs of longing piercing us we hear, down in the deep heart’s core that there is more, much more, yes so much more than all this emptiness.

For all of this alone, this waiting room will surely point (once we peer into it) to truth that will transform us if we let it. This room of empty waiting shouts aloud to those with ears to hear that we are here alone but for a season, so that we will look outside and find all that we’re waiting for is brimming, just next door, and surely coming back to claim us all.

And so, for me, today, the only point in all of this alone He left behind is this one fact that yanks it into clarity, to finally making sense:

He shall return.

For surely here in this God-haunted world we read the very opposite of all the old ghost-stories. For surely here the Holy Ghost does many things, but maybe most of all He points us towards those days when Ghosts come back to life, take on new flesh, join bone to bone, when faith will finally wake to glorious sight and we shall finally, fully see and know, not now as through a darkened glass.

So go, Lord, go ahead, ascend, go leave us and then send the Holy Ghost, by whom we lean our lives all on this promise: You shall surely come again.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email


  1. I could go on and on about how great your article is, but I’d rather tell you I appreciate your dedication to writing quality content. It’s seldom I see writers care this much. Thank you.

  2. I think this is great content and I enjoyed it very much. This is clearly very well researched information on your part. I totally agree.

  3. Hey There. I discovered your weblog using msn.
    That is a really smartly written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and
    return to learn extra of your useful information.
    Thank you for the post. I’ll definitely return.

  4. Right here is the right web site for anybody who hopes to understand this
    topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a new spin on a subject which has been discussed for ages.
    Excellent stuff, just great!

  5. Thank you for this information


  1. the best fish food - Recommended websites... [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]…...
  2. free online medical training - free online medical training... [...]please pay a visit to the web sites we comply with, including this one particular,…
  3. Registered Massage Therapist - Registered Massage Therapist... [...]that is the end of this article. Here you will come across some web pages that…
  4. aquarius compatibility - ...For further Information click here... you make blogging glance...
  5. alquiler apartamentos playa - Great... [...]The data mentioned within the write-up are a few of the most effective accessible [...]...
  6. 724aktuel - 724aktuel... Turkiye`nin Guvenilir Haber Sitesi. Dunya Haberleri ve Turkiyeden Haber, internet Haberleri en tarafsiz bicimde haberi okumanin en iyi…
  7. forex blog - forex indicator... I will immediately grasp your rss as I can not to find your email subscription link or…
  8. walk in clinic in austell - Online Article…... [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]......
  9. workers comp lawyers - your blog post about. if you want... serious traffic to your website, you need to write about very hot…

Leave a Reply