Karin Peter, president of seventy
For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. -2 Corinthians 4:5-6
A mountain on the northern bank of the Neckar River near Heidelberg, Germany, is called Heiligenberg or “Holy Mountain.” A couple of hours’ hike to the top reveals that the holy essence of this place has been recognized for centuries. Remnants of a Celtic dwelling place (500 BC), an altar from Roman occupation, and the ruins of a ninth-century Benedictine monastery all bear witness to the reverence humans have experienced on this site.
From the top of Heiligenberg you can sense the vastness of creation and the intimacy of God’s presence. Places like this often are referred to as “thin places.” Places where the division between the physical and the spiritual lessens or becomes porous, allow us to sense the Divine more acutely or more deeply. They enable us to have “mountaintop” experiences that shape and form us in new ways.
This Transfiguration Sunday, visit a “thin place.” Whether it is a mountaintop, a quiet chapel, or a calming ritual, may you sense God’s presence in life-transforming ways.
Are we moving toward Jesus, the peaceful One?
Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.