As the trail ascends, it narrows--
through the rocks, we pick our way.
Jesus leads us up the mountain.
At the top we rest and pray.
As we pray, the heavens open,
glory breaks upon our sight.
Jesus, radiant, stands before us,
and his clothes are dazzling white.
As we gaze, we see Elijah,
prophet of the living God.
Moses, too, appears before us--
faithful bearer of the law.
Overcome with fear and wonder,
Peter wants to stay behind
on the mountaintop, ecstatic,
building there a holy shrine.
But a voice from heaven stops him,
bids him listen to the one
who is standing on the mountain--
ready, now, to start back down.