The Scripture Reading Comes From Exodus 34:29
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn’t know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. (The Message)
Moses came down from Mount Sinai. He had the two tablets of the covenant in his hands. His face was shining because he had spoken with the Lord. But he didn’t realize it. (New International Version)
I am moving to the end of Local Pastor Licensing School through the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist. At school, I learned much ranging from worship to administration.
Before arriving at Olmsted Manor Retreat Center in Ludlow, Pennsylvania, I looked at the syllabus. The thing that jumped out was we were in class for 12 1/2 hours per day for 11 days. The number 40 came to mind, which I often interpret as endurance during difficult times. Paraphrasing some scripture consider a few biblical examples:
- It rained 40 days and nights when God cleansed the world with water, a global flood. (Genesis 7:12)
- After the flood, Noah waited 40 days for the flood to subside. (Gen 8:6)
- Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-2)
Oh the 40 (days and nights) kept ringing in my head during school. Exhaustion crept up on me. I got cranky with my classmates who thankfully loved me despite of my human frailty.
It’s Day 9 and I think I’m feeling the glow, the shine. That’s not me: that’s the Holy Spirit.
Through the tough times, the 40 days, the 11 days, try to rest in the testing and growth.
Photographs by Dianne Glave