Open your eyes, see yourself in the one who's shining on the hill,
hear the voice say to you: "This is the one that I love."

1. See yourself in the waters of the Jordan, baptised into all that Christ will do.
Go to your Jerusalem,
eat and watch and pray with him,
take your cross and follow on the way.

2. See yourself in the healing of the lepers,
see yourself in the raising of the dead
hear what demons say to him,
be denied, betrayed with him,
die and rise up each and every day.

3. See yourself in the resurrected daughter,
see yourself in the wand’rer welcomed home.
‘He was dead but lives again!’
We can celebrate with him,
like the angels when the lost is found.
Robin Mann © 1994, 2004

The preaching helps in the Lutheran School of Chicago's Currents gave me this song. Thank you, Eldon L. Olson from Seattle! Writing about Jesus' transfiguration, he quoted the Odes of Solomon: "Behold, the Lord is our mirror. Open your eyes and see them in him, and learn the manner of your own face" (Ode 13). I underlined the next sentence: "The transfiguration is a vision of the Christ in which we behold who we really are." He also brought out the close links between this event and Jesus' journey to Jerusalem — after the brightness on the mountain it's the shadow of the valley.

2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.