It is a week where transition is on my mind. The cliché goes, “The only constant is change,” and that seems to be particularly true these days, as we prepare for Transfiguration Sunday.
The story, recorded in Luke 9, describes Jesus in transition, revealed on a mountaintop to three disciples in his true light, identified by a voice from a cloud, and yet he is still very much the human Jesus of Nazareth, who must go back down the mountain and confront the challenges that face him. Shifting – Transitional – Moving.
Our Christian Year takes a shift this week, also. We are preparing to enter the season of Lent, a time of reflection and repentance that precedes the celebration of Easter. As we participate in the Christian calendar, we are in continual motion, moving through a season and into another.
One section of a symphony is known as a “movement.” I love that. It doesn’t stand still, but takes you from wherever you are at the beginning to wherever you are going to be at the end. The movement moves. Churches need to move, also, taking people from wherever they are to wherever God wants them to be.
One of our biggest mistakes is confusing movement with activity. Sometimes simply sitting still in God’s presence is the best way to experience movement. And often, empty activity is the best way to achieve the opposite of movement – which I suppose would be stagnation. The scripture calls us to “Be still and know…” not “Be stagnant and know…”
So let’s move, church! Come and worship, and experience the power of God’s Spirit moving in our midst. If we allow it, we might just find ourselves changed for the better!
On the move,