The moments of our lives may be bright with possibility, dark with fear or sadness, or even plain everyday gray, but God's glory never fades.

God's presence deepens our joys, comforts our concerns, and settles our restlessness.

Take time to look into the brights and darks and grays of your day.

Seek the One whose glory shines in the light and through the darkness.

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But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anybody about the vision until the Human One is raised from the dead.”

Matthew 17:7-9

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Up on the mountain with Jesus, Peter, James, and John experienced God's divine glory in a truly human way: by their senses. They saw the brightness of Jesus' face and they saw the Old Testament prophets. They felt the cloud descend over them, and they heard the holy voice proclaiming God's son. The sight, touch, and sound of the Lord overwhelmed them, and they dropped to their knees in awe and fear.

The next thing they felt was the gentle touch of their teacher's hand.

The next thing they heard was his voice saying “Don't be afraid.”

The next thing they saw was his beloved face, just as they had always known it.

By their senses they had felt, heard, and seen God's stunning glory. Now these same senses brought them reassurance, comfort, and calling. By sight, touch, and sound, God had amazed them on the mountain; by sight, touch, and sound, Jesus brought them back.

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

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Thank you, God, for loving me in all my humanness. Thank you for blessing me with eyes and ears, taste and touch, so I can experience your glorious presence and know that you are good. I praise you, for you have given me an amazing story to tell! Amen.

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May God's glory shine into the exciting lights, upsetting darks, and boring grays of your every day.

May God’s continuing presence shine through you, bringing joy, comfort, and calm.

Through you, may others be inspired to praise God!

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair is an ordained Baptist minister, military spouse, and mom of two boys. Her family moves every few years, and she is learning to enjoy the surprises of God’s call within the changes and challenges of military life. She knits, sews, reads, paints a bit, preaches occasionally, and writes blog posts and devotionals.

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