This will be the back page for the Fishkill United Methodist Church bulletin for February 11, 2018, Transfiguration Sunday (Year B). This is also Boy Scout Sunday and Evolution Weekend (I will have something else posted this week that focuses on those topics.)
Several years ago, I was headed to a college in northwest Missouri. Driving across the plains of northwest Missouri that day and nearing Conception Junction, I saw a cathedral rising from the plains about ten miles away. It wasn’t what I had planned but I had to see what this was. After all, when does God check your schedule when he has something for you to do?
Conception Abbey was built in the late 19th century to provide the local Irish and German immigrants of the area a spiritual home. That day, it served as a reminder that I had made a covenant with God in 1965.
A covenant with God is not a promise but an agreement one makes with God; It is an agreement that each party will do something. Throughout the ages, God always keeps His part of the covenant; we are often the ones who forget what we said we would do.
Seeing that cathedral, literally rising from the plains, reminded me that I had made a covenant and that it was time to fulfill my part of the agreement. As I continued my trip that day, I began to think about how I could fulfill that covenant I made in 1965. How could I use my skills and talents that I had been given and developed over the years? In one sense, I am here today because of the sudden appearance of the Presence of God in my life.
Each of us, in one way or another, has had that same moment, where God suddenly appears to us. How will you respond?