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We are limited, every one of us. There is only so much we can know, so much we can do.

God is not like us. Limitless in time, space, and imagination, God is mighty in ways we cannot fully describe; we can only trust in God's unlimited power.

Power, in God's case, is expressed in unlimited love. Rest now in the all-encompassing love of the Almighty.

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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. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

Matthew 17:1-3

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Transfigured. Unless you are familiar with the scenes in Harry Potter movies where students at Hogwarts try to turn rats into water goblets, you probably have not heard this word very often. But the meaning of the word is one you might be more familiar with — metamorphosis. Remember that word from science class? It’s the process by which a tiny tadpole becomes a leaping frog, a creeping caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly.

When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, he did not change from one thing into another the way the objects in Harry Potter did, or the way a caterpillar does in a cocoon. Rather, it was like a light shined on Jesus that showed who he truly was. No longer could his friends pretend he was just one of the guys, or even an ordinary man with a few extraordinary gifts for healing. Now Peter, James, and John could see that Jesus was closer to God than they had fully realized, and more powerful than anyone they had ever known.

Abby Thornton Hailey

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Jesus, just as your friends saw you transfigured on the mountain, I long to see you as you truly are. Shine your light today on things around me that can help me see you fully. Amen.

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Strong is the light that comes from our Creator,
Maker of heaven and earth.

Long is the way that leads from now to forever,
Yet we are not left alone.

Wherever you go and however you travel,
The strong arm of God
Is taking you home.

Abby Thornton Hailey

Abby Thornton Hailey serves as pastor of Broadneck Baptist Church in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to church ministry, she works writing and editing curriculum for Mennonite, Church of the Brethren, and Baptist publishing houses. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband Victor, who is an Episcopal priest.

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