Alpenglow is the dance of sunlight on stone in a mountain amphitheater.
Faces glow too; inward light. Moses, after his encounters with God, covered his face. The Israelites, already witnesses to great miracles according to scripture, couldnâ€™t handle Mosesâ€™ blazing cheeks. In Jesusâ€™ transfiguration, he shimmers, incandescent with glory. Were those fiery moments sacred history or sacred myth? I donâ€™t care, for Iâ€™ve seen the hints of God at work within and around, where the light that is presentâ€”in a childâ€™s smile, an adultâ€™s words of forgiveness, a coupleâ€™s announcement of loveâ€”cannot be described or quantified. It simply is.
In the mountains, I witness rock afire. In scripture I read of transfiguration. But the light of glory happens here and about. And we, so adept at guarding our heart and hiding our fears, should and can struggle to keep our eyes open. Light abounds. A divine glow illuminates the soul…in ongoing creation, within each beloved creature.