“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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Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Human One had risen from the dead.

Mark 9:7-9

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“Boys! Listen to me! Did you hear anything I just said?” If you can imagine me using my exasperated “mom voice” you will probably also hear the heavy sigh under my words. As the mom of two young kids, I can sympathize a bit with God in this story, begging Jesus’s followers to just LISTEN for once.

Jesus of the amazing party tricks — transfigured, shining, glowing like the sun at midday on top of that mountain. But the signs and wonders never exist just to dazzle. We aren’t meant to admire Jesus from afar. We are supposed to listen to him — to seek to follow his teachings and mold our lives to them. Jesus is God’s son, the Beloved. And once we get our jaws off the ground noticing his greatness, our task is to listen to what he has to say.

Caela Simmons Wood

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God Who Speaks, thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I know I’m not always the best listener. Help me to find your voice in the midst of all the distractions. Help me to not only listen to your Son, Jesus, but to mold my life in the way of his teachings. 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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