Looking For the Words to Say

Every now and then, I find myself with very little to say. That may come as a surprise to some of the people who know me best, but it’s true. This week has exhausted me on words in praying for and talking about the recent General Conference in the United Methodist Church and I have reached a point where I do not know what to say.

Perhaps that is how Jesus’ disciples felt at times. I’m sure there were moments when they felt out of words. I’m sure there were times when they felt they had said all they knew to say. They had seen the miracles of Jesus, heard the parables of Jesus, and been with the crowds that followed Jesus. There had to be times when they felt they had exhausted the words and run out of things to say, right?

Then it happened…an awakening…the Transfiguration of Jesus. In that moment, a small group of disciples witnessed the glory of God in a new and profound way. The Transfiguration would be the beginning of a new experience for the disciples as they would now follow Jesus toward Jerusalem for the crucifixion. They did not know what lay ahead. They would never have imagined that their leader would be killed by the people he came to save. They had no idea the crowds would turn on them. This would be the beginning of a life-changing experience for the disciples. And the disciples, along with the other apostles who would join them after the Resurrection, would have plenty to say for a world that needed to hear.

This Sunday, we will celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ in our worship as we pray for God to be revealed in a new and profound way. Maybe you are feeling like you don’t know what to say? I hope you will join us as we pray for God to awaken us from our sleep so that we can share the story of Jesus with a world that needs to hear.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00!

Together with you,
Matt

P.S. Next Wednesday, March 6, is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. You can read more about Lent in my most recent newsletter article, but I want to encourage you to be praying about how you will participate in this season of Lent. Faith requires participation, and we grow in our faith when we are active in our faith. Throughout Lent, I will be sharing with you different spiritual disciplines and practices that can help you in your faith journey. If you want to know more, you can contact me at any time and I’ll be happy to work with you.