“All that glitters is not gold.” Stop. Take a breath. Tune out the shiny distractions all around you.

Take this moment to turn toward the Light of Christ.

Jesus shines each and every day — all we have to do is pause and see.

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Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white. Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus.

Mark 9:2-4

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Have you ever been just hanging out with a couple of your friends and suddenly they start glowing and shining bright like a diamond? No? Me neither. I’ve also never had Elijah or Moses show up when I’m hanging out with my friends. But I have seen people and things transfigured.

Transfigured: when you are minding your own business at the grocery store and suddenly notice that the person picking up apples five feet away from you is a beloved creation of the Most High. Transfigured: when you glance at your hands as they’re doing something mundane like tying your shoes and you remember that your body is a blessed miracle. Transfigured: when you’re walking outside to get the mail and you look up and suddenly notice that the moon is a perfect sliver in a stark, vast sky. Dazzling — if only we take the time to see.

Caela Simmons Wood

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Holy One, help me take the time to see the world as you see it. Help me encounter you in strangers, friends, myself. Help me to pause and connect with the sacredness of your creation. Help me see the transfigurations taking place all around me each and every day. Amen.

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Renewed, restored, refreshed, refocused on the Light of Christ — that’s you! Now it’s time to go forth and let your re-kindled light shine for all to see.

You’ve got this.

Go, let it shine!

Caela Simmons Wood

Rev. Caela Simmons Wood serves as the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan, KS. Caela is passionate about examining and dismantling systems of injustice, especially those related to race, gender identity, sexuality, and poverty. Caela lives with her husband (whom she met in youth group!), two sons, dog, and five hens (eggs!).

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