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Aug 6, 2017 - sports fans can't hold back the tears and hugs among complete strangers. But also we glory in the final curtain call, the first day in your own ...

Glory There comes a day in any 6 year old's life when they will announce, “Look, look, I lost a tooth!” This glorious moment is marked by the showing of the very tooth that came out, the hole from which the tooth came from and of course, the gleaming smile, minus one said tooth. It represents growing up, making room for big teeth. It marks a celebration of life, like blowing out our birthday candles, the victory over another year. Glory is most associated with victory. There is the glory of the winning game, that proud moment in the end zone, or the standing home run, when players and fans charge the mound. And even the most manly sports fans can't hold back the tears and hugs among complete strangers. But also we glory in the final curtain call, the first day in your own office with a window, or last day of work before retirement. Accompanied by cheering and clapping, we take our bow and then we celebrate. Moments of glory are best when shared and remembered over and over. We attempt to capture them with pictures and articles, and the story always gets better the more we tell it. We react with awe and cheer and the occasional, “I can't believe this is really happening.” And then it hits, it is real. And you wonder, “Will we ever experience another moment quite like this ever again?” Here is an interesting way of looking at God’s Glory: Frederick Buechner, in Wishful Thinking, writes, “Glory is to God what style is to an artist. It is the outward manifestation of that hand in its handiwork...The style of artists brings you as close to the sound of their voices and the light in their eyes as it is possible to get this side of actually shaking hands with them.” Without having met a single artist, I dare you to walk through the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and not be amazed at the way they use canvas and color to bring to life scenes rich with emotion. Without having been backstage with any of the performers, I dare you to resist holding your breath while listening to one of Puccini's operas. And even though the chance has past to meet the architects, I dare you to keep your mouth closed when looking up while fishing at the base of the Skyway Bridge as it towers above the steady swells of the Gulf. So it is with God, although we don’t yet see face to face, we behold His Glory in the world. We don't have to wait for next year or next season. It is here. We catch glimpses while on Sunset Beach or on the Rainbow River, in starry nights, and the mountains of our favorite getaways. We also see God's Glory in the adoption of a child, and all the milestones of life. And we see it in this very place, from the first Amen, to praying, singing and breaking bread. Even in the silences – all in His Name, all for the Glory of God. We can imagine what it looked like on that mountain top. It's No wonder disciples were overcome. This is the real thing. And in days ahead, God’s Glory will be shown, again and again, as his Son is held high ​on the cross, when He is raised from the dead, and as He ascends to the heavenly throne. That is the true Glory of God. Today, God’s victory is what is seen above and what happens at the base of the mountain below, in the valley where brokenness leads to wholeness, where acts of mercy and kindness lead to healing. It is in the march for human rights and partnerships that tackle hunger. It's in welcoming another into community, teaching and mentoring, forgiving and being forgiven, and giving comfort in the midst of changing circumstances.

It's because of Jesus Christ, that God’s glory is shown through all created beings in all His children. At this level, on this side of the curtain, you are God’s Masterpiece. There are so many opportunities for God’s Glory to shine. God's triumph is just waiting to be seen. Be His Glory.

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