THANK YOU, GOD, that even when I feel empty and dry,
I know that the springs of joy are there,
buried deep within me.
I ask you to tap those springs now,
release them, and carry me away on their fullness.
Thank you, O God, for joy.
Joy that overcomes all else.
Joy that is more powerful than the darkest powers.
Joy that is more abundant than the waters in the seas.
Joy that is mine.
– Patricia F. Wilson
From page 44 of Quiet Spaces by Patricia F. Wilson. Copyright © 2002 by Patricia F. Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
Matthew 17:1-2, NRSV
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