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God of glory and strength, come and sit with me.

Open me up to your light and truth.

God of glory and joy, come and be still with me.

Guide me in all I say and do.

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About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, John, and James, and went up on a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes flashed white like lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with him. They were clothed with heavenly splendor and spoke about Jesus’ departure, which he would achieve in Jerusalem. Peter and those with him were almost overcome by sleep, but they managed to stay awake and saw his glory as well as the two men with him.

As the two men were about to leave Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it’s good that we’re here. We should construct three shrines: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—but he didn’t know what he was saying.

Luke 9:28-33

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Waking up to non-emergency phone call before 9 AM infuriates me. It’s immediately a bad day in my book. But waking up to the smell of coffee and bacon enlivens me, truly. It’s immediately a delightful day in my book.

In today’s passage from the good book, we have a different kind of wake-up call for Peter, John, and James. They are in the mountains praying with Jesus, nearly falling asleep, when they see the glory of Jesus like never before. Talk about a wake-up call!

Sometimes we all need those kinds of unbelievable, rub-my-eyes, did-that-just-happen experiences that will wake us up out of the grind of life and into the glory of the Holy One. This could be because of complacency, laziness, unhappiness, sadness, hopelessness, or anger… Whatever your grind in life might be, there is a different way of being and living.

Ask God to lead you into that different way. Today is a new day, and God’s mercies and loving kindness are new every morning. Are your ready to wake up to that?

Aram Bae

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God of glory and change, you are the One through whom my life can be different. Remind me today to pray for a change of heart. You alone know the reasons, and you alone are my strength and help. Amen.

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God the Creator, bless me and keep me.

God the Redeemer, smile upon me and be gracious to me.

God the Light, lead me in the path of wisdom and truth.

Aram Bae

Rev. Dr. Aram Bae is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA. Aram serves on the boards for Montreat Conference Center in NC and the Habitat for Humanity in Greater Charlottesville. In addition to her passion for ministry with youth & families, she’s considering a new hobby—road biking. Help, Lord Jesus, help.

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