Illuminative Experiences

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Today’s Reflection

I REMEMBER A TIME of horrible confusion when I did not know whom or what I could trust. In a moment of despair, I confided in my mother that I no longer knew what the truth was. She replied without skipping a breath, “The only truth there is, is God’s love.”

An illuminative experience opens us to God’s truth. We know in those few minutes of transcending grace more than we knew only moments before. More than just head knowledge, it is knowing with the heart and with every cell of the body. We never forget this kind of knowledge because the memory attaches into our DNA. With the power of a religious conversion, an illuminative experience changes the way we perceive life. Nothing will ever be the same; nor do we want it to be.

– Karla M. Kincannon
Creativity and Divine Surprise

From page 162 of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrectionby Karla M. Kincannon. Copyright © 2005 by Karla M. Kincannon. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Have you had an illuminative experience? How did it change you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
Exodus 32:14, NRSV

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