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Transfiguration of the Lord 8-6-2017

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

There once was a king whose greatest desire was to gain absolute power over every square inch of his kingdom. He had succeeded in removing all obstacles to his complete control except one; the people still put their ancient God above the king. The king summoned his three wisest advisors to find a way to put an end to such worship. “Where,” asked the king, “where might the people’s God be hidden and so be made to vanish from their lives and cease to challenge my rule?”
The first advisor suggested hiding the God at the summit of the highest mountain. “No,” said the king, “The people would abandon their homes and climb the highest mountain to search for their God.”
The second advisor proposed hiding the people’s God at the bottom of the sea. But the king rejected the idea as well; “The people would probe the ocean’s depth to find their God,” he said.
Finally the third wisest advisor, a wrinkled and bent old man, spoke his advice in a hoarse whisper. “O mighty king,” he said, “hide the people’s God somewhere in their everyday lives. They will never find it!”
This third trusty advisor understood who we are! God is hidden, but not in some remote, faraway spot. God is right here in our everyday lives. Yet we rarely see God and rarely recognize God’s presence. All too often we fear that we are walking alone and we dread that our journey may have no destination, may be just a long walk to nowhere. All too often we are deaf and blind to God. So it is for us – doubting and weary travelers – that Jesus was transfigured and, just for a moment, shone along like the sun on top of that mountain. And it is to us, the blind and the deaf, that God is speaking through that stunning event.
And what is God saying? “I am with you always, walking at your side. And your name is written on the palm of my hand. If you listen carefully, you’ll see that I am here. So watch and listen!”
It takes time to learn how to listen attentively and respectfully to everyday life. It takes time to learn how to hear what’s really going on around us and to see what’s always been right under our nose. It does take time, but if we persist in paying respectful attention to everyday life, very slowly we’ll begin to catch a glimpse of God when we look at a rose; we’ll begin to feel the nearness of God in the cool evening breeze; we’ll begin to hear God’s voice echoing inside the voice of a friend. And we’ll begin to know the warmth of God’s presence as we hold a newborn child.
The road we walk is a long one, often rough, and sometimes dangerous. But God desires that none of us walk that road alone. God desires that at every moment of every day we have the comfort, the strength, and the delight of divine company. A friendship that is ours for the taking.
I came across a poem by an 11 year old girl who does a very good job of recognizing God in her everyday life:
“I saw Jesus last week. He was wearing blue
jeans and an old shirt. He was up at the church
building; He was alone and working hard.
For just a minute he looked a little like one of our
members. But it was Jesus…I could tell by his smile.
I saw Jesus last Sunday. He was teaching a Bible class.
he didn’t talk real loud or use long words. But you
could tell he believed what he said. For just a minute,
he looked like my Bible teacher.
But it was Jesus…I could tell by his loving voice.

I saw Jesus yesterday. He was at the hospital visiting a friend who was sick. They prayed together quietly. For
just a minute he looked like Mr. Jones.
But it was Jesus…I could tell by the tears in his eyes.

I saw Jesus this morning. She was in my kitchen making
my breakfast and fixing me a special lunch. For just a
minute she looked like my Mom.
But it was Jesus…I could feel the love from her heart.

I see Jesus everywhere. Taking food to the sick…
Welcoming others home. Being friendly to a newcomer…
and for just a minute, I think he’s someone I know.
But it’s always Jesus…I can tell by the way Jesus serves.”