Shining Moments: Visions of the Holy in Ordinary Times

Shining Moments: Visions of the Holy in Ordinary Times


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The Bible is filled with stories of shining moments -- Moses' face shone as he came down from the mountain with the ten commandments; Jesus' face changed and his clothes became dazzling white in a transfiguration witnessed by the disciples; Paul was blinded by a light and heard the voice of Christ on the road to Damascus -- and many modern Christians have had equally life-changing experiences of the Lord's power and presence.

In this third volume of the acclaimedVisionsseries, 60 contributors share their authentic, intensely personal accounts of holy experiences. Rosmarie Trapp of theSound of Musicfamily tells of a moment of assurance when "the Lord visited me in a bright, golden light" whose "golden glow brought peace to my soul." Ralph Milton, author of the historical novelJulian's Cell, describes a visitation by his late sister: "We were singing together as we often did as children ... I don't recall ever having a memory or dream as clear and powerful as that one, and it left me with a sense of joy and peace." Karen Steinke recounts the warmth she felt at the moment of her baptism: "I looked up to see the form of Jesus with an overpowering light surrounding him ..."

Whether they relate transforming moments like visions, healings, or visitations by angels, joyous moments like being in the presence of a loved one who has died, or just the simple sense of God's presence while singing in church or sitting in a sunny meadow on a warm spring day, the vignettes inShining Momentsare a testament to the indescribable comfort and peace of an encounter with the divine. And because each story also illustrates a scripture passage,Shining Momentsis a valuable preaching resource and an excellent catalyst for small group discussion. But even more, this book provides inspiring and heart-warming reading for personal devotion and spiritual growth.

Praise for other volumes in theVisionsseries:

This wonderful collection of stories reminds us of a fact our world desperately needs to know -- that God is alive and well and ready to be at work in our daily lives.

J. Ellsworth Kalas

Author ofNew Testament Stories from the Back Side

A noted storyteller,John E. Sumwaltis the pastor of Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The author of CSS'Lectionary Storiesseries, Sumwalt leads seminars and retreats on sharing and understanding visions. He and his wife Jo Perry-Sumwalt also are the editors of the online serviceStoryShare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788023279
Publisher: CSS Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Not Left Behind15
Coventry Story17
Right Here In My Church20
Christmas Presence29
A Dog Came For Christmas32
Metacosmic Light37
Your Dad Likes You40
An Unexpected Song41
A Dog's Life46
A Comforting Dream49
The Horse Whisperer50
An Old Enemy53
Discerning God's Direction55
I Will Not Forget You58
Charlie Is Glowing60
Still Learning Not To Wobble65
Born Again68
Water Sign69
The Gift Of Myself72
The Wandering Eye74
Holy Week And Easter
Easter Stories80
Stranger In The Choir86
Holy Hands88
A Rock Of Refuge92
I Will Not Leave You Orphaned96
Lambasting God99
Kristina's Angel103
Wrapped In Pentecost109
God Created Death?114
Sufficient Grace116
High And Lifted Up118
I Gave You To God120
A Doula's Prayer122
A Cup Of Coffee125
Is God Listening?129
A Light To My Path130
A Father's Love, A Mother's Good-bye132
Praying: Even When You Can't135
Too Churchy138
Angels In Haunted Places140
A Time To Weep142
Help In The Name Of The Lord144
The Winds Of God148
Worth Waiting For156
Nothing In My Brain157
Looking Forward With Love159
Inside A Tornado161
Is It Asking Too Much?163
Prayer At Midnight165
Stand Still And See!167
That You May Not Grieve169
A Different Realm171
A Choice To Make174
Together Again177
An Overpowering Light179
U.S./Canadian Lectionary Comparison183

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