Have you hiked up a mountain, or at least a tall hill? Then enjoyed the view and the experience so much that you wanted to stay?
A mountain top experience is meant to be enjoyed and absorbed, for one cannot live atop a mountain. Sooner or later we must return to the business of life, places where food is grown and clothing sewn. Places where we can find health care and friends and relatives.
The Gospels report Jesus taking three of his closest disciples up a mountain and there they experienced the presence of Moses and Elijah. They wanted to stay atop that mountain.
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”Matthew 17:4 (NRSV)
I will have more to say about Matthew 17:1-19 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 23rd.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Of what are you afraid?
Fear can cause us to behave in appropriately. Our first lesson tells of Moses leaving most of the leaders behind while he climbed Mount Sinai. While he was gone, the people feared that God would take Moses from them. What they had not learned is that God is always with us.
Learning that God is always with us can combat fear and loneliness allowing us to think clearly.