To the Mountain

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On my 50th birthday, last summer, I asked my family to climb a 14'er with me. We were on the trail of Mt. Bierstadt above Georgetown by around 6:30am on the 4th of July. It was a delight for me. I knew I would probably not make it all the way. The members of our expedition were in varying states of physical fitness and emotional interest in the trek. The point was not that we would make it to the top. The goal for this 50 year old man was to share some of his sacred space with his wife and 3 children while he still could.

I agree with God. If you go to the mountain, expect to experience God. Check out the scriptures from Moses to Jesus- if a biblical character goes to the mountain, God shows up and shows off in abundant ways.

In Luke 9:28, Jesus takes his inner circle of disciples up on the mountain to pray. While they are there, they have a mystical encounter with Jesus, Moses and Elijah. It is truly a” mountain top experience.” God comes pouring into the lives of the inner circle in a profound way. The disciples are given a word from the heavens to reassure them of Jesus' true identity, “ This is my Son, my chosen; listen to him (Luke 9:35)”.

After receiving this great news, the disciples get not so much as a T-shirt, to say they had been there, done that, and they head back down the mountain and into the valleys of everyday to heal a child (Luke 9:37-43). However, that’s the rhythm of God. Jesus takes us to the mountain tops to fill us with joys only God can give. The chosen son of God also guides us through the valleys that we might know the way and traverse the hard times, knowing God is with us to heal us and mend us in a broken world.

Richard Rohr says the “universal paths to transformation are great love and great suffering. Only love and suffering are strong enough to break down our usual ego defenses and ….open us up to the mystery of God.”

May your life be filled with great love and great suffering. For then you will know the Jesus of the mountain tops and the valleys who Luke speaks of in his ninth chapter. This story is titled "The Transfiguration" and it holds a key to your transformation.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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