A Devotion for Transfiguration

February 14, 2017 by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Matthew 17:5-8

From what became the mount of the transfiguration Jesus’ disciples’ Peter, James and John were gathered where they experienced the presence of Moses and Elijah.  The way the Gospel of Matthew tells the story, Peter immediately began speaking but was interrupted by the voice of the divine saying “This is my Son whom I dearly love. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”  Jesus then comes and tells them to “Get up!” and “Don’t be afraid.”

Getting up and going on our way, moving beyond our fear and the status quo, has over and over again been where I have met the Christ, the New Life, and experienced transformation of myself and others.

A woman who formerly experienced homelessness spoke at the funeral of a longtime friend of mind, Aimee Wallis Buchanan. Aimee died unexpectedly from the flu four years ago this February. I say “formerly” because now this woman is supporting herself and her family.

I remember her saying, “It all started with Aimee handing me a popsicle in downtown Asheville on a hot summer day. We called her the ‘popsicle lady’ because she did this day after day” with youth and young adults involved with Asheville Youth Mission from all over the country. Aimee would say it was her life that was transformed, not the life of the formerly homeless person. I think God would say that both of them moved beyond their fear to get up, go, and dared and experienced new life in Christ.

My friend and Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian in Charlotte, N.C., Erika Funk, talks about how the Gospel account of the transfiguration reminds us that we “find… Jesus in the world… (and) on the Waynot at a rest stop or a mountaintop.” Transformation happens when we get up and go without fear.

Prayer: Christ, be our hope, our trust, and our energy as we dare to explore unknown territory.  Open our eyes to discovering beauty, love, and community wherever we go. May it be. Amen.