God, we confess that being in your presence sometimes frightens us. You have called us time and time again: “Come near!” But we have responded, “We fear transformation.” You have said, “Receive a double measure of my Spirit!” But we have responded, “We are afraid of the Spirit’s power.” You have said, “Go up to the high mountain, and there see my face.” But we have responded, “We are afraid that such a holy encounter will disturb our peace and dis-arrange our lives.” Interrupt our lives, God, with transfiguring light we cannot refuse to see. Cleanse us from the sin that refuses transformation. Forgive us for ignoring holy encounters and mountaintop visions. Enable us instead to see your glory and sense your holiness in the most unexpected places. Amen.
-- Rev. Kathy Manis Findley
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