As I write this, I am experiencing one of life’s transitions: I am flying over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, suspended in the gap between continents, between projects, between memory and anticipation. Today, I left behind my friends in the States; tomorrow, I will once again be with my family in Britain. But the gap is important, and it brings to mind three important words for this season: Transfiguration, transition, and transformation.
The transfigured Jesus stands in the gap between our human, time-bound reality and God’s eternal presence holding all things in being. He gives us a glimpse of the mystery and then gently leads us down the mountainside into the precarious transition from the NOW to the NOT YET.
But it is in this gap between the mountaintop of vision and the valley of hard work that Jesus comes alongside us in companionship. It is in the gap between the unknown possibility that still lies beyond us and the familiar we once cherished that we are stretched. It is in the season between the ripening and the letting go that the real harvest happens.
What happened to Jesus and his disciples on the mountain of transfiguration happens to us during life’s transitions, even if in less dramatic ways. Gradually, though often not without pain, each of us grows into the transformation to which we are being called.
So let us trust this season of transition between the leisure pursuits of summer and the discipline of fall’s new beginnings at school or in the workplace. We may discover that God is especially close to us in the gap.
Books by Margaret Silf
Daily Inspiration for Women
In Daily Inspiration for Women, four authors share their individual, spiritual wisdom in this daily source of strength, solace, and celebration that happen in the seasons of a woman’s life.
Just Call Me López
Getting to the Heart of Ignatius Loyola
In Just Call Me López , a twenty-first-century woman, Rachel, meets the man who becomes the saint, and both are transformed by their unlikely friendship and series of thought-provoking conversations.
Moving Beyond Religion as You Know It to Grow in Your Relationship with God
For all who struggle with conventional religion, Simple Faith is a simple way to help draw closer to the Divine and find life-changing meaning in a new kind of faith.
2012: A Book of Grace-Filled Days
In 2012: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Margaret Silf, page-a-day reflections and Scripture readings that follow the lectionary readings of the church year foster spiritual calm and give glimpses of God’s abundant grace.
The Other Side of Chaos
Breaking Through When Life Is Breaking Down
In The Other Side of Chaos, best-selling author Margaret Silf helps us look closely at the “messes” in our lives through the lens of Christian spirituality, enabling us to see the chaos of life not as something to fear or eschew, but as something to be embraced.
Meeting God Every Day at Every Turn
Ignatian spirituality expert Margaret Silf shows readers how to find God in daily life in this collection of stories and meditations.
Close to the Heart
A Guide to Personal Prayer
This book is for anyone looking for a relationship with God in the Christian tradition without the constraints of formulas or strict disciplines.