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Summary: This yearning within us is not really about life's circumstances. It is about us! This restlessness this desire for something more generally means we have been living life at the shallow end of the pool. Updated February 2018.

For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four reading prior to the Message. The assigned readings for today are Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21 and Matthew 17:1-9 or Mark 9:2-9.

Each year ... On the Last Sunday after Epiphany ... ...we hear the story... of the transfiguration.

The Scriptures Speak to the transfigured nature of our Lord...Here God's Word BIBLE "His face shone like the sun ... and his clothes became dazzling white." END (Matthew 17:2 or Mark 9:2-3)

Don't you wish ... that your life would shine ... that it would reflect the image of Jesus?

In 1977 ... NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 ...... to explore ... the galaxy.

A recording ... called ......The Sounds of Earth ...... was attached to each of the twin spacecrafts...... it was a message from earth ... to anyone out there in the universe ... who might ... be listening.

It contained both music ... and even the sound of a human heartbeat. (Pause)

Over thirty years later.... the person who served as the Creative director of this famous Project, .... reflected on what she chose to include in ... The Sounds of Earth:

She said: ... "The first thing I found myself thinking of ... was a piece by Beethoven, something called ... the Cavatina (Ca-va-tin-a) Movement

When I first heard this piece of music ... I thought... this was a great, .... beautiful, .... Yet ... sad piece of music, .... on which Beethoven had written in the margin ... a word in German ... which meant ......." Longing."

Part of what we wanted to capture in the Voyager message she said .... was this great longing that we feel ... as ... a people. (Pause)

So, in the end, .... NASA chose a great song of human longing .... and launched it ... into space.

It's as if ... NASA's scientists ... were saying to the rest of the universe: (Pause)

'This is who and what we are as human beings: ...... creatures ... of longing.

And hidden in that basic introduction to who we are .... there are implicit questions .... for possible extraterrestrials:

'Do you feel this Longing too?

Or ... Are we ... the only ones?'" {I misplaced the Source of this story} (Long Pause)

If we are honest ... There are times in our lives ... when we look around and wonder, ... "Is this all there is?"

Sometimes ... it is just a passing question, ... other times ... it lasts for a season.

We look at our life, ... our circumstances, ... and we want more.

There is a restlessness, ... a searching, ... a longing for something else... something more.

Some call it ... a crisis... of the midlife.

Now This searching ... this seeking... has caused some ... to make some very unwise ... decisions.

Some decide to get a new job, ... a new car, ... a new relationship.

Others ... may take up a new hobby, ... go on a trip, ... or work extra hours.

But in the end ... well ... not much that is eternally significant ... changes.

Why? ... Because .... this yearning ... this longing ... is not really about ....... the circumstances ... of life.

Of what happens to us ... in life.

It is about ... us.

This restlessness, ... this desire for something more, ... generally means ... that we have been living life ... at the shallow end ... of the pool.

It means ... That Life ... and relationships ... have become superficial.

We have been skimming ... across the surface.

We have not gone deep.

In some ways ... life at the surface ... is easier, ... more efficient, ... and encouraged ... and rewarded ... by much of the world ... today.

It fails however, ...... to fully understand what God has done.

That God through His Son Jesus Christ ... has transfigured the world... and creation itself ... is filled .... with divine light.

Life on the surface ... keeps us judging ... the circumstances... of life.

Those things that ... happen to us.

We look at our circumstances ... as a picture.

If the picture ... is pretty, ... if it is pleasing, ... and shows us what we want to see ... then we believe ... Well ... God is good ... and life is ... as it should be.

And When we do not see what we want ... then we often look for what? ... A new picture ... a change.

I would be happy ... If this would happen.

I would be happy ... if others did that.

That kind of attitude ... is living at the shallow end of the pool.

Skimming ... the surface of life.

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