One Degree of Glory

by Renaissance Girl 

Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration. It is the event for which our church is named and an expression of our vows — the willingness, and even eagerness, to be changed — transformed “into his likeness from one degree of glory to another” ( 2 Cor: 2,18). It’s no small thing this transfiguration business. Old opinions and ideas die hard and it can sometimes feel like surgery without anesthesia. And it doesn’t necessarily produce instant results…and that’s the kicker for me. I am a black and white “if I do this then this will happen” sort of person. I want to be able to chart my progress in spiritual growth. The sermon reminded us that that isn’t how it works. The scripture says, “from one degree of glory to another” — little by little, sometimes imperceptible — and we may not notice anything has changed until we look back. So we keep going and try, as Oswald Chambers says, to: “Let other things come and go as they will…but never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. And the more we abide in Him, the more we will come to resemble Him – from one degree of glory to another.”
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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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