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Sunday March 19th Matthew 17: 1-3

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Picture this — an area of swampy, crocodile infested land, encircled by hills, needs to be drained and put to productive use. A group labour in the swamp, digging ditches, while the foreman watches from the hill. For the group, up to their necks in crocodiles, it's hard to remember that the original intention was to drain the swamp. Tired and frightened, the workers need something to keep them going, perhaps the view the foreman has of progress made and therefore confirmation of the success of the work.

For disciples now, as then, sometimes despite our best efforts, backed by prayer and faith, things just don't seem to work out and hopes are dashed. We question what we are doing, we ask why. It is at these times that God, the foreman, takes us and shows us a different perspective.

There, on the mountain, doubt is dispelled, the eternal master plan is seen and the labourers can return to complete their work re-convinced and empowered.

Glorious God, reveal yourself to us.
God with us, show us what to do.
God within us, strengthen and encourage us.
Teach us how to see, how to follow and how to serve. Amen

Joan Bailey Bedale and District

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