Tuesday, August 6, 2013

STOP....and just be....

Tuesday greetings everyone!  It has been a long time since we have been together on a Tuesday evening to read all about what is going on here at Holy Communion Memphis!
For many of you, school started yesterday.  Within the next week, almost all of you will be struggling to get back into your regular groove, trying to find your stride again after the long busy summer.

As you are waking up early and doing your homework and getting used to your new non-summer schedules; I will be doing the exact same as I get reacquainted with being back in to office after a very busy summer and as some of you may know, a small change in staff.

The Gospel reading assigned for today comes to us from Luke.  In the reading, Peter, John, James, and Jesus all go up on the mountain and Jesus began praying.  While he was praying, he transformed and his face changed and he his clothes were dazzling white!  Two men then stood there in front of James, John, and Peter.  Moses and Elijah. 

Now some say that this was a sign of the coming of the Son of God.  In the Old Testament, there is talk about how the prophet Elijah must make his return before Christ would come to power.  So this is a very significant moment in the Bible!

But how can we take the message of this Gospel and relate to our own lives?

Once the disciples see the faces of Moses and Elijah, Peter offers to build 3 shrines in honor of Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. 

Think back over this past summer.  A time that we do not have to go to school everyday, do homework every night, go to sports practices, games, church, youth group…

Summer is supposed to be a time for use to sit back and relax, right?

What did you do this summer?

Most likely you went on vacation, went to camp, had summer training for sports, maybe had a summer job, you still probably were going a thousand miles an hour to get everything packed in to a small amount of time.

We are always on the go, always doing.  That is what Peter is doing here in the Gospel reading.  He is doing.  This spectacular event happens and he wants to do.  Wow, this is great!  Now what can we do about it.  We are a society of doers, always on the go, always busy, always leaving something early to get to something late.

This story in the Gospel teaches us to stop doing and to just be.  Why can’t we just stop and let it happen.  Just stop and marvel at all the wonderful things that surround us in our everyday lives.  Just stop…

No seriously, whatever you are doing, stop…

Just take a moment and rest. 

Just be and experience God.

Be still in the presence of God.

“Be still and know that I am God”
-Psalm 46:10

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