Plains & Valleys

Dear Mountain People,

In the story of “The Transfiguration” Jesus takes his inner circle - Peter, James and John, up on the mountaintop. While there, the Old Testament heroes Moses and Elijah appear before them. Jesus' clothes take on a “dazzling white”  and a “cloud overshadowed them.” Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved son (Jesus) listen to him." (Mark 9:2-9) From there the disciples found their way back down the mountain. Peter had asked if the group could stay on the mountaintop, but Jesus communicated that was not to be the plan, and they returned to the people below.

Mark Twain once related a conversation he had with a business person, who said to him: “Before I die, I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where I will climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten Commandments aloud at the top.” “I have a better idea,” replied Twain. “You could stay home and keep them.”

Going to the mountaintop is a wonderful experience. However, faith formation is not fully in motion until one takes what they have experienced on the mountaintop and utilizes it in service on the plains and in the valleys.   Jesus desires to be the Lord of worship, board rooms, pool rooms, living rooms, and the room called your heart.  The “…beloved son …” of God named Jesus is a tenant in your heart. May the actions we take resemble the ways of the honored guest who has taken up residence within his beloved children.

I hope that each of you is able to join us this weekend to hear Brad Corrigan, founder of ‘Love Light and Melody’ as he and I preach God's word together. May our moments on the mountaintop renew us in the sacred identity of Jesus, that we might be sent to serve in our homes, schools, city, Pine Ridge, and Nicaragua.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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