Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Shine Through the World

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
Master, it is good for us to be here.
—Luke 9:33

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
—Luke 9:28-36

As of old the beacon-fires, lighted from hill to hill, announced to them far away from Jerusalem the advent of solemn feast, so does the glory kindled on the Mount of Transfiguration shine through the darkness of the world, and tell of the Resurrection-Day.
—Alfred Edersheim

(Suggested tune: Hereford CM)
O Lord, why do you hide your face,
from our unhappy state?
Our very beings sink to earth,
with grief's oppressive weight.
Psalm 44:24-25

Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
Guiding God, you gave the vision of your Son to those who watched on the mountain. Grant that, in the midst of my difficulties I may look beyond my troubles, and see that the way ahead is lit by the glorious face of your Son, crucified and risen...

(Spoken aloud or silently)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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