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mountain climb

And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. Matthew 17:8

We reach the end of the season of Epiphany on this Sunday—the Transfiguration of our Lord.

We journey with Christ up a mountain where he is transfigured before three of his disciples. Ancient leaders from long ago, Moses and Elijah, appear at Christ’s side. God’s voice is heard. As quickly as this exciting moment of God’s glory shining all around began, it’s over.

This Sunday, we say our final “alleluias” until Easter. Down the mountain we journey, from this spectacular vision of Christ revealed in all his holiness and glory toward the cross.

We move from Christ conversing with two holy men with great influence in the biblical story to his hanging between two criminals.

On that mountain, Christ shines. On Mount Calvary, he will die.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday for a Transfiguration Day Pageant. Folks of all ages from Risen Lord will tell the story of Jesus, leading up to and on that mountain.

The stories will continue throughout Lent when Jesus encounters and feeds people’s deepest hungers. You’ll also hear stories from good folks, like you and me, seeking to feed others with Christ-like compassion.

In the meantime, I pray that you experience deep fulfillment in Christ’s presence in your life. From your moments of deepest joy and blessing to your deepest loss and sorrow, Christ is wholly present to you filling you with His holy presence.

What a blessing it is to journey this season together!


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