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Down from the Mountain

Today’s Reflection

SOMETIMES the Spirit leads us to a mountaintop where we catch a glimpse of God’s glory and know with unquestioned assurance that the one we follow is the Son of God. Now and then we experience Christ robed in dazzling white and feel the presence of saints who have gone before us. Along the pathway of discipleship, we encounter wonder-filled moments of spiritual awareness that revolutionize our lives and transfigure the way we see the world around us. Like Peter, we desperately long to take up residence in that place or to hold on to it forever. We may be tempted to expect every moment of our life to be filled with an extraordinary sense of glory, assurance, and peace.

But then we come down from the mountain and walk through the world where Jesus walked and where the risen Christ promised to meet us.

—James A. Harnish
Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World

From page 47 of Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James A. Harnish. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What sustains you in the ordinary times? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
—Mark 9:9, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

My Saviour God; How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
—from “How Great Thou Art,” words and music by Stuart K. Hine, 1949

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  • Rusty March 2, 2019, 5:42 am

    I have experienced wonder-filled moments of spiritual awareness and “transfiguration of the way I see the world” (I like that phrase of the author’s) many times over my 17 year Christian journey. The first was in my 40’s when I realized God was real. I was seeking (thanks to the Holy Spirit) and he tapped me on the shoulder and let me know, “I’ve always been here with you.” That, of course, transfigured my world. Since then, it happens, not by rote or according to any pattern, but when I am attentive, I can realize (again, thanks to the Holy Spirit) that he is still here with me every moment of my life. And sometimes, often when I least expect it, my world is transfigured yet again. The beauty of it – or at least one beauty – is that each transfiguration is unique. Again, no pattern. God is infinite.

  • Gail March 2, 2019, 6:52 am

    Everyday Bible reading.
    Meeting with other believers for discussion. Walking in the neighborhood. Being outside. Visiting with the cat.

  • Carol March 2, 2019, 7:07 am

    That he is with me. That he’s in the details. That he is always there for me.

  • Julie March 2, 2019, 7:51 am

    Amen Carol! I have never had a moment when I felt God near me. But I know He is with me always or I do not feel I would still be on this earth.
    Prayers for Rusty and his continued healing. Prayers for Connie, may God shine His light into your heart. Prayers for Robert as he palns his move. Prayers for Mary as she lovingly cares for her parents. Prayers for Edy and Bill, may Bill be completely free of his tumor. Prayers for Marcy, may she be well. prayers for Jill as she support her family and attempts to impart her peace to them.
    Thank you for your prayers. Tazzie has a sprained leg and is on pain meds. He is playing again! Thank you God. This is how I know God is with us all always. His benevolent care for all.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 2, 2019, 9:03 am

    Julie, your prayers sustain me every day.

    Thank you God for Julie.

    May yy bless Julie, her cat and family!

    Blessings!

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 2, 2019, 9:04 am

      I meant, may you bless Julie, her cat and her family!

  • robert moeller March 3, 2019, 2:43 am

    Prayer, going to church, daily walks, and faith sustain me in the valleys.

    Thankful for a trip to the area where I grew up and a visit with a longtime Central Vermont Raileay Historical Society member home from the hospital after bouts with the flu and pneumonia. A lot has changed since I last lived in that area. I still know my way around.

    Am still very troubled by the results of the special conference of the UMC. I think the 6 relevant passages from the Bible need to be examined more closely and better understood.

    Thankful the condo is sold and a plan is being made to help Anneliese with the serious spine related problems. Taxes are done, I rendered unto Caesar what is his. Now progress toward the move is the goal. Sad to leave my “home” state, but economics and opportunity require it. Thankfully I’m not moving so far away. Visits are still very much possible.

    Prayers for the needs and concerns of the UR family continue. Especially ones related to health, wellness, and hospice care. Hopefully the current shared computer situation will soon be resolved and I can more easily participate daily. Blessings and God’s peace to you all.

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