We are a Transfigured people through Christ. Our hate is transfigured into love. Our greed is transfigured into grace. Our tombs have been transfigured from a prison of death into a gateway to new life. Worldly power is really a sign of desperate want for attention and control, and thus has been transfigured into a sign of weakness. What would be worldly wisdom is foolishness, while the cross represents the ultimate wisdom. We are a Transfigured people.
We are a Resurrected people through Christ. New life and new hope are always possible. Faith requires no proof. Illness cannot define a life. Poverty cannot describe a person’s value. The emptiness of a tomb represents fullness of life. Our sin has been resurrected to righteousness in God’s eyes. The greatest of all gifts are the gifts of the heart and spirit, not the mind. We are a Resurrected people.
We are Children of the Light. We shine with the Light of God. We love our neighbor as ourselves. We welcome all people with grace. Acceptance is our way of life, not judgment. We are members of God’s web of life, living in communion with all creation. Everyone is a brother and sister to us. We seek peace, not escalation of conflict and violence. We work for God’s kingdom, not our own. We are a reflection of God’s heart and soul. We are Children of the Light.
Life in God’s creation is a journey. Change and movement are inevitable. This is God’s way. We are meant to be Transfigured. We are created to be Resurrected. We are purposed to shine Light. Renewal is our God-given destiny. Every day is a new day, which the Lord has made, that will lead us in ever new directions. Every morning is full of wonder, and every evening full of glory. The universe, and every life within it, can never be stagnant. And so, within this another new day, we give thanks to God for the constant ebb and flow of a Transfigured life. Amen.
-Rev Jeffrey G Mikyska (pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Elgin, IL)