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Lenten Devotional: Mar 19

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Today’s Texts: Exodus 2:1-22; 1 Cor 12:27-13:3; Mark 9:2-13

Mark 9:2-8

The story of the Transfiguration has always been a beautiful mystery, but the part that always stands out is God’s declaration of who Jesus is and the command, “Listen to him!” It grabs our attention and focuses us on the issue at hand. If only it were that easy.

The truth is, really listening to Jesus and following in his ways can be a frightening matter. It could mean being uncomfortable and going into unknown waters in order to obey and walk in the footsteps of our Savior…because let’s face it. Jesus did not do things the “proper” way.

He talked and ate with people we wouldn’t want coming over, he crossed “normal” social boundaries, he healed people no one cared about anymore, and he dared to speak a bold message of justice and love to those who thought they had justice and love all figured out.

In his exuberance of being with the shining Savior, it’s no wonder that Peter wants to pitch tents and stay in that mountaintop moment with Jesus forever. But truly listening to and following Jesus will mean we have to walk down the mountain into those uncomfortable places. It will challenge our faith, but the good news is, Christ walks with us.

Friends, we are called to listen and be a valley people…to live between the mountaintop experiences and to walk into darkness boldly. We are called to be a valley people…to take those mountaintop experiences and to minister to those whom we are afraid to touch, afraid to love, afraid to get involved with… we are called to be a valley people, to listen and respond to the ways that Jesus lived and taught.

Did you ever notice that it never said that Jesus stopped glowing?

We have the promise of Jesus as our light going before us. We are not walking alone on this journey, and although listening to him into the darkness may not always be easy there is a constant guiding light. Let’s trust that light in this Lenten season and learn what it really means to listen to him.

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TImotius Tjing sm

The Rev. Irene Pak is Associate Pastor at the Bridge (English Ministry) of the Daesung Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA.

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