DEVOTION: Light Radiant Cloud

by Beth Bondurant
Red letter versions of the Scripture seem easier to read as the words of the Master are always highlighted and one knows when to "listen more carefully".

Being surrounded by a light-radiant cloud would tend to make one more aware of visions and voices and pertinent experiences.

Sirens and sounds that come out of nowhere draw our attention to something urgent and we tend to look and listen more intently.

Specific circumstances that are out of the ordinary... designated events and actual hands on discoveries can inspire and motivate our heart, mind, body and spirit.

"While Peter was babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped the disciples, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: "This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him."

When we are caught up into thinking...believing and taking action in what has been our traditional understanding of church or society... of family and community... of how the world turns...sometimes it takes a light-radiant cloud ... a voice from heaven... and almost a supernatural experience to teach us a new way of comprehending God With Us.

O God... thank you for understanding and for providing for us in ways we sometimes really do not comprehend.  Your wisdom and faithfulness is so light filled that we are blinded from the truth in our human frailty.  Open our eyes to your unconditional love.  Soften our hearts with the brilliance of your grace.  Ignite our minds with creative hope that overcomes our stagnant contemplation of God's will for all.  Illumine our meditation to burst out into compassion in relationship to one another. Forgive us when we walk in darkness without a realization that You shine... even then.  We give thanks for surrounding us always with a Light-Radiant cloud.