Daily Devotional for August 6

 

August 6                                                            Luke 9:28-36


         The Feast of the Transfiguration


Today I walked a farmer's fields, preferring the spaciousness
of a fallow one to all the others. Like Peter at the Transfig-
uration, I thought.


Now is a time to be, not do. Simply be in the presence of the
Saviour. "But I want action," cries Peter. "Let's put up three
shelters. It is good for us to be here." And then we are told
that he did not know what he was saying.


Not now, Peter. The time for you to act comes later - after
the cock has crowed, after the terrible death, the burial, and
the Resurrection. Then it will be your time, and you will spread
the Gospel far and wide, telling the story of Jesus, the Christ.


For Peter this is fallow time, a time of preparation. But for
Jesus the same moments bring a mountaintop experience, a
prayer so intense, so focused, so deep that God's presence
changed his very appearance.


And so it is with us. You and I may share this day together,
and yet our paths will differ. For one it may bring heightened
awareness, for another dullness and lack of comprehension.
The fallow field lies beside the burgeoning cornfield.


Take time now to still your activity and quiet your mind. Open
your heart to the one who created you. Let Peter show you
that your own experience, whatever it is this day, has the
power to shape you in the image of God, whether you are in
the dark or in full bloom.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.1989

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