At twilight today, Wednesday, May 17th, a new day begins, the 40th day of "counting the Omer". Today marks five weeks and five days of counting.
Forty days after Jesus rose from the grave something amazing happened. He led his students (talmidim) out of Jerusalem to the Mt. of Olives, lifted up His hands, blessed them and then ascended into heaven. His final words to them were "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). His commission still echoes in our ears today. Are you wiling to do what He has empowered you to do?
PRAYER: Thank You for giving us hope and empowerment. On the fortieth day of counting the Omer, we bless You. Thank you for continuing to walk by our side through all seven weeks of the countdown to Pentecost! Amen.