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The Transfiguration event and imagery are both elusive and evocative. The story recalls how Jesus invited three of his disciples to withdraw with him to a mountain to pray. Similar to the beginning of his Passion, when Jesus led his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, while Jesus prayed, they were drowsy, until, in today's episode, his face shone in glory and his clothes became dazzling white. The power of prayer in God's presence transformed the disciples--or did it? Often, we too, like the disciples, may experience God's presence in a transforming moment but then fail to see God active in our day-to-day lives.

Jesus prayed often. How often do we quiet ourselves and withdraw in prayer with God? Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11)--words that are meant for daily transformation of our lives by God's presence in our midst, now and forever.

God of the Transfiguration, transform us into the likeness of your Son, and teach us to pray with confidence in your daily presence. Amen.

Wade Reddy, '14
Pastor, Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, Monticello, Iowa

Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) (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.