Have you ever experienced ‘face glowing?’ Maybe not in the same way it’s described in this week’s Bible reading from Matthew 17:1-9, but in more common, yet wonderful situations.
  • The glow of a child's face as they open a birthday present
  • The glow of a student who is walking up the aisle to graduation
  • The glow of someone on their wedding day
  • The glow of a parent's face when they see their new baby for the first time
  • The glow of a parent or teacher who sees their student accomplish something they have worked on for a long time
I think that when you see someone "glowing" -- it's not something that is frightening. It's wonderful and awe-inspiring.

How about the glow of a person who has experienced unconditional love -- or an extravagant welcome? Is that one harder to see?

What if that person's face was physically shining?

Would you be startled? Would you feel uneasy? Would you freak out?

Imagine it -- "Hey Gloria, your face looks like it has a light bulb in it. What's going on? Are you going alien or something on me? Did you just get taken up in a spaceship? Or have you been hanging around the nuclear waste facilities? You are really glowing! I think you should see a doctor or something about it."

Now what if you thought you were in a supernatural situation -- maybe something like Jesus with his disciples on the mountain?

What would you do?

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