Tom Petty & Listening to God
“It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance – for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light …. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it? …. Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave – that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm.”
Scripture Reading: Mark 2:2-9
What is beautiful in your world? Do you have the courage to see it? Are there any “poor gray embers” in your life that need the grace of transfiguration to transform them into something precious? What are they? Write each of them down on a separate slip of paper. Then light a candle and turn out the rest of the lights in the room. Contemplate your need to see beautiful transfiguration in those areas, then slip each one into the candle flame and let it burn up* and light up your world. Enjoy the brightness of the transfiguration. Be willing to see.
*(It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: be sure to have a pan of water handy in case the fire gets out of control, and hold the paper with tongs or tweezers, not your fingers).
Ask questions, share thoughts and wrestle together about your experiences from the material this week.