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Friday, February 05, 2016

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After a mountain top experience--a time perhaps when your heart has been greatly moved by a song, a word, a gift of friendship or forgiveness--it is sometimes nice to have a few moments of quiet for reflection on its meaning for our life. After the mountain top, Jesus was left alone--and the disciples were moved to silence. Perhaps a good thing, because they weren't all that sure of what to say anyway. But the break was short-lived. The gospel story will not let us stop and rest for long. Jesus has a journey to keep and miracles of healing to perform for those in need. And he invites us to hang on for a marvelous ride. There will be changes in people's lives when they come into contact with this chosen son of God. And let us hope that we will join with the crowds in astonishment and wonder that his presence and mission is a mark of the greatness of our God.

Gracious God, open our eyes to see with wonder the good news of your presence in your Chosen Son. Inspire us to see in him the marks of your greatness and the promise that in him you have come to claim as your own. Amen.

James L. Boyce
Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Greek, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1971

Luke 9:28-36 [37-43] (NRSV)

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.
31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--not knowing what he said.
34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.
35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
[37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.
38 Just then a man from the crowd shouted, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child.
39 Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him.
40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not."
41 Jesus answered, "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."
42 While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
43 And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.