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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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Listen

When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

Matthew 17:6-8

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Think

The end of the story of Jesus’ transfiguration sounds almost like a letdown after its first two dramatic scenes, but it is perhaps the most remarkable event of all. After God’s voice fades into silence, after Moses and Elijah disappear, when the disciples are overwhelmed in fear — there, standing with them and extending his hand to them, is Jesus.

Matthew’s Gospel begins with the announcement that Jesus is Emmanuel — God with us (Matthew 1:23). It ends with Jesus’ promise that “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Here, at the midpoint of the Gospel, we get this reminder again — that Jesus is God with us, God who will not leave us even in life’s scariest moments. It is in those terrifying places that Jesus comes to us, puts his hand on our shoulders, and says, “Do not be afraid.”

Abby Thornton Hailey

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Pray

Jesus, sometimes life leaves me on the ground in fear, not knowing where I am going or where to turn. Speak to me in those places so I will look up and see you beside me, giving me courage and strength. Amen.

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Go

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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