Friday, February 24, 2017

A Transfiguration Freebie

This Sunday is the day of the Transfiguration, or the last Sunday before Lent; take your pick one which title you like best.  I like Transfiguration.  On the one hand the story of Jesus being transfigured is a bit odd.  But on the other hand, I'm sure that if you were to sit down and ponder for a few minutes moments in your life you would recall or discover moments of transfiguration.  I've seen people with ashen faces transfigure to bright red when someone they love walks in the room.  I've seen transfiguration happen the moment someone forgives someone else and their countenance changed.

The more I think about the story of Jesus' transfiguration the more I am drawn to it..that God still wasn't finished with Jesus.  Just like God is not finished with you or me.  Regardless of our age or situation in life the possibility of transfiguration remains...

This week I read Man of Letters, a 3 1/2 page story by Guy Lebeda. It is the story of two friends, Guy and Dave, who communicated, primarily, through writing letters.  Before Dave died he went to visit Guy, as they were walking one night this scene of transfiguration occurred, 

"Shortly before the end of their visit, Doug and I went for a walk through my suburban neighborhood.  As we strolled through the fragrant darkness, he was suddenly swarmed by fireflies.  He was completely enveloped in a gentle cloud of flickering lights.  We stood looking at each other, while the insects hovered over him.  After what seemed like a long time, the swarm floated away, and I shivered strangely in the hot night air."  

May you be transfigured this week, in some form or fashion, by the mysterious working of God.

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