Henry Hildebrand - “The Transfiguration”
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Erica Hannan illustrated the proverb “A cheerful heart is good medicine” for the children by pouring Classic Coke into a glass half-filled with sugar. The children loved the dramatic overflowing. Then Henry Hildebrand spoke on Mark 9:2-8, the story of the transfiguration. We often need to escape from our exhausting life routines. Jesus and followers had been working flat out for six days with crowds, approaching burnout, so Jesus took several friends up a hill for a break, meeting Elijah and Moses, both of whom had needed to escape from their exhausting work. Henry then asked, “Where is your mountain, where do you go when you are frustrated or need recharging?” Boats, food, alcohol? Jesus, Moses and Elijah each eventually turned to prayer. To that we can add the study of scripture, friends who are spiritual (not just secular), and just simple things such as regular attendance at church, daily prayer and Bible study, and small groups. [JEK]