We have many stories of leaving in our lives and culture. Our child leaves to head off to college. Our students graduate and head off to the next stage of life. Our parents or friends die and leave us to make do in a world without them. Most of these forms of leaving are tinged with grief and possibly a bit more. In many ways these stories of leaving define what it means to be human. We suffer and we struggle with loss throughout our lives.
Our study for this week will be on the Ascension of Jesus, as the one who came from Godís right hand to walk with us now returns to Godís right hand. It is a story of leaving. It is another story of loss and suffering, but now Jesus offers us something deeper of what it means to be human in the midst of this defining reality. I know you have dealt with some kind of experience of loss or suffering. It is part of being human. I want to invite you to join us this week to learn what it means to transform that experience into something good through Jesus Christ. Parkside is a place where you belong, because it is a place where every part of humanity is welcomed. Join us, as we wrestle with loss and suffering and the ascension of Jesus!