The story of the Transfiguration is our gospel reading this year for the second Sunday of Lent. It is a story of light and and awe and even fear, but mostly it’s a story of revelation. God’s glory is revealed as shining through Jesus, and the disciples see him as he really is–the beloved Son of God.
The experience of blinding light, the appearance of the prophets, and the voice from the cloud was almost too much to take in. Jesus had to reassure them not to be afraid and on top of that to tell no-one what they had seen, which must have been a difficult assignment for them.
Light and revelation are themes that come up in my photography–not blinding light, but illuminating light that enables me to express my experience of the peace and beauty of so much of creation. Although I enjoy all styles of photography, I’m mostly drawn to contemplative scenes, which convey the sense of peace and wonder I experience when I am behind the camera.
I believe that, when we create, we allow God’s glory to shine through us, and that we become in some way co-creators with God. When we create, we bring to light the energy, the creativity, and the life that is deep in the heart of us all. To find God in all things is to experience that sense of wonder in everything God has made. Through our creative activity we share that wonder in God’s glory with others.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)