November 16, 2015

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Matthew 17:1-13

There are things in life you simply need to experience to grasp the full effect. I undertook an adventure with a number of others – white water rafting down the Zambezi River. It began near the base of the Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, with an early morning climb down a steep gorge and the rafting lasted all day with wild rapids and numerous waterfalls to traverse. You would have to be there to grasp the fullness of that adventure. It was a thrill of a lifetime experience.

In Matthew 17, we hear about the adventure experienced by Peter, James, and John. A wondrous sight was shared on a high mountain as they witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus and his encounter with Moses and Elijah. It was a once in a lifetime experience for them – chronicled for us to imagine for ourselves. Our imaginations probably do not come close to the actual event.

The transfiguration provided a glimpse of Jesus that suggests there is much more than the here and now to comprehend. Jesus did glorious and wondrous things on earth. Let us persevere in our faith and see all the glory and wonder which lies ahead in his kingdom.

Prayer: Lord of heaven, grant us a persevering faith that we might experience your glorious and majestic presence in your kingdom to come. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by the Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.

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