When Peter, James and John went up on what we now call the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus, they beheld a spectacular sight! There, in their midst, their teacher changed. Light shone around and through him. He was glorious in majesty. This was no ordinary man–this was the Son of God! And not only that, but Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus, and the voice of the Father bellowed from heaven. Oh, what a sight! The whole experience was so glorious that it caused Peter to exclaim, “Lord, it is good for us to be here!”
Last week my family and I arrived in Shakopee to begin a new part of our lives at a different mountain, Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Now while coming to this area and this church can’t really compare to walking up a mountain with the Savior of the world, yet even in this past week we have been blessed to behold the glory of Jesus. No, not in bright, blazing glory. Not in the visible presence of Moses and Elijah or the bellowing voice of God from heaven. But still the glory of Jesus has shone forth. How? Through the quiet and faithful service of Jesus’ saints. Through the soft, kind words (and hugs and handshakes!) of welcome from God’s people. Through the helping hands and generous gifts from people who have been served by Jesus Christ at Mount Olive and have been given a desire by his Spirit to serve others.
In light (double-meaning intended!) of the glory of God given and shown to and through the saints at Mount Olive, my family and I can confidently look back at this first week here in Shakopee and say, “Lord, it is good for us to be here!” It is good for us to be here to share with you the joy of Jesus and service in his name. It is good for us to be here to worship Jesus with you, to learn about Jesus with you, and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus with you.
We look forward to this time “on the mount” with you and Jesus. We look forward to beholding and sharing Jesus’ glory with you. It is our desire that at all times and in every circumstance, with our eyes on Jesus we will together always confidently say, “Lord, it is good for us to be here!”
Blessings to you all in Jesus our Savior!