By facing God in prayer we are transformed into his image.

Thursday, 6/13/13

Yesterday I commented on a verse in today’s reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. Please let me return to it. Paul had been speaking of how when Moses had spent time conversing with God on Mount Sinai his face was radiant from that confrontation. Apropos of that, Paul wrote, “All of us, gazing with unveiled faces on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”

The meaning of that is clear enough: our facing God in periods of prayer has the effect of transforming us, making us God-like. 

If you don’t mind, I would like to combine that truth with another line of thought I often come up with.

Twenty-three years ago a sixth grade girl raised her hand, asking, “If we are all made in God’s image, how come some of us are left handed? I re-phrased her question to read: “If we are all made in God’s image, how can we be different from one another?

Even that way, the question stumped me. After a bit, I came up with an answer of sorts. It’s this: I Picture God as similar to a many facetted diamond, with each of us conceived with the potential of mirroring a different facet of God.

Each of us by self-discipline, by studying, by acts of kindness; but most of all, by confronting God in prayer, can be transformed from glory to glory into our assigned facet of his image.

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