The Transfiguration in 4 Movements Glory Jesus is tranfigured, that is, transformed and changed on the mountain. His face literally glows and shines a dazzling white! And the disciples almost miss it! They are falling asleep! There is a sense of mystery in the story. And mystery is alluring; it draws us into the story. Story begs us to ask: What is going on here? We know what will happen to Jesus and so in hindsight this transformation isn’t even as profound as resurrection. But try to put that out of your......
“I tripped on my shoelace and I fell up…” So begins a favorite whimsical children’s poem where down becomes up and up becomes down (see the image for the full poem). The laws of gravity are somehow reversed and the poets life is turned upside down! It’s from a book of poetry by Shel Silverstein called Falling Up. I remember checking out this book from the school library many times as a child. It was quite popular and to even find it on the shelf during media center time meant you were......
Began series by looking at Psalm 121 which reminded us to set our eyes on the mountain knowing that God would watch over us. I want to go back, to this psalm today and reinterpret it a bit… I lift up my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper;......
Scripture is full of mountains. It’s full of people who set out on a journey with a mountain before them which they must climb. People like like Adam and Eve who are formed from the dust of the earth into humans and brought to life with the breath of God. They look out upon the earth for the first time and the entire mountain of human experience before them. People like Abraham and Sarah who faced a mountain of infertility God had promised them that they world have descendants more numerous than......
It was the first real out of town trip with neighborhood youth that I can remember after moving to Charlotte. We had agreed to take some young folks who had been doing exemplary in school to the mountains. Why? Because they had never been! During the drive, most of the youth fell asleep and didn’t wake up until we were in the mountains. Can you you imagine?! Falling asleep in nothing more than rolling hills and waking up in the midst of giant swaths of land stretching towards the sky having never......