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1. a. A marked change in form or appearance; a metamorphosis.
b. A change that glorifies or exalts.
As I walk on our country roads, I don't see Jesus appear in dazzling bright light. But it doesn't mean I can't find Him.
We celebrated Transfiguration Sunday yesterday at Stafford United Methodist Church. Pastor Amy read for us the Bible story as, on a high mountain north of Galilee, Jesus experienced a metamorphosis before the startled eyes of three disciples, Peter, James and John (Luke 9: 28-36). This was a spectacular change of His visible form. We call this experience His transfiguration, but, literally, in the original language, it is "metamorphosis."
Maybe sometimes I need to be awakened in lightning-bolt fashion. However, I do find Christ in His glorious creation, if I just open my eyes.
A keyhole frame formed by an old tree looks much different in February ...
The vibrant colors of fall are replaced now by the stark outline of bare branches that decorate a bright blue winter sky.
|The Grand Tetons|
"Just because understanding Jesus’ identity and believing in him is enough for our own personal salvation, we can’t be content to stay there. We must be willing to follow Christ’s footsteps down the mountain and help him accomplish his mission."
Pastor Amy Slater, Stafford UMC
We enter Lent not with a sense of heaviness and dread about "what we may give up" or the challenges we may be asked to face. ... Instead, we enter this solemn (Lenten) season graced to expect the Father, Son and Holy Spirit may "blow our minds" and ignite our hearts as we seek to follow the One who leads through death to eternal life.
From the United Methodist Church's General Board of Discipleship
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