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August 11, 2006


These reflections remind me of the following paragraph from Marilynne Robinson's Gilead:

"It has seemed to me sometimes as thought the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance - for a moment or a year or a span of life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light...But the Lord is more constant and for more extravagant that it seems to imply. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don't have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who would have the courage to see it?" (245)

Yes! Vintage Bill Wilder, making the case from all of Scripture, seeing in the language of the Transfiguration the fulfillment of Old Covenant promise. Pictured in glory are the prophet Elijah and the priest Moses, together with the glorified human, always divine, King Jesus. What a solid hope we have to hold out to this battered world! May we indeed know the Spirit's ongoing work within, that, emboldened by this glimpse of future Glory, we may, with clear and compelling words, proclaim the Hope that King Jesus has secured for us, at the cost of His life.
(Afterthought--Elijah and Moses both had deaths marked by the hand of God--God buried Moses on the mountain and dispatched a chariot for Elijah!)

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