There was a time, a few years back, when I didn’t mind the song You Raise Me Up. Inoffensive lyrics, simple tune, and I have to admit to being a sucker for a well-timed key change. Unfortunately, since then it has taken over from Amazing Grace as the most hideously overused and abused church song of the 21st century (in my experience at least), and I now quietly close my eyes and prepare to get some souls out of Purgatory whenever I hear its tinkling piano intro.
Nonetheless, the song is a reminder of one good point: Jesus came down from the Father that He might raise us up.
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him. (2 Timothy 11-12.)
We hope to follow Him there, to the mansions in His Father’s house that He ascended to Heaven that day to prepare for us. In the meantime, our hearts are restless, waiting for the coming of the Kingdom of God, knowing that one day Jesus will return from Heaven for each of us.
Almighty God, fill us with a holy joy; teach us how to thank You with reverence and love on account of the Ascension of Christ Your Son.
You have raised us up with Him; where He, the Head, has proceeded in glory, there we, the Body, are called in hope. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.