Pause

Instead of closing your eyes and bowing your head in prayer, allow your eyes to lift up toward the sky, as if you could see the stars.

Allow your arms to follow, as if you could hug the sun.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

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Listen

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James, Alphaeus’ son; Simon the zealot; and Judas, James’ son— all were united in their devotion to prayer, along with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Acts 1:12-14

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Think

“I want to be in the room where it happened,” sings Aaron Burr in the hit musical, Hamilton. Left on the outside of the conversations that would give birth to our nation, Burr sensed that he was missing out on something crucial, essential, game-changing.

Who doesn’t want to be “in the room where it happened?” We’re afraid of missing out. Or maybe we long to be a part of something greater than ourselves.

Through Christ we are invited as his disciples into the upper room where it happens — the room where community is formed — through prayer and the sharing of that most sacred meal.

We come to the room with the longing to be a part of the great mystery of God’s creating — a community of different people united in a common cause, united by a common story, by the common elements of water, bread, and wine.

Aaron Burr found himself “locked out” of that room, but this room is always open, waiting to receive us as we are.

Sarah McCaslin

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Pray

Loving Creator, you built a room without a door, so that I might more easily step inside. Help me find my place inside that room, and help me lay out a welcome mat to all who would enter. Amen.

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Go

Rise up!
When you’re living on your knees, you rise up
Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up
Tell your sister that she's gotta rise up

from Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin Manuel Miranda

Sarah McCaslin

Sarah McCaslin is a pastor and clinical social worker living in Brooklyn, NY. She loves riding the subway with her kids, especially when the train is taking them to Coney Island.

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