Transfiguration

Transfiguration       By Malcolm Guite
 
For that one moment, ‘in and out of time’,
On that one mountain where all moments meet,
The daily veil that covers the sublime
In darkling glass fell dazzled at his feet.
There were no angels full of eyes and wings
Just living glory full of truth and grace.
The Love that dances at the heart of things
Shone out upon us from a human face
And to that light the light in us leaped up,
We felt it quicken somewhere deep within,
A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope
Trembled and tingled through the tender skin.
Nor can this blackened sky, this darkened scar
Eclipse that glimpse of how things really are.

 
I love this poem by Malcolm Guite because it expresses so succinctly the heart of Christianity; “the Love that dances at the heart of things shone out upon us from a human face.” Even as we take that in, the poem swiftly makes the second move that expresses who we are and who the church is to be.
 
And to that light the light in us leaped up,
We felt it quicken somewhere deep within,
A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope….

 
It is as we encounter this flame of God’s glory that a response is kindled within us that reveals the light of Christ to the world.
 
In dark times, may we hold to the hope that this glory is a glimpse of how things really are and remind ourselves that we are bearers of this transformed vision.
 
Grace and peace,
 
Sue+

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