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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ascend the Mountain with the One who is Love

So many times during my vacation in the Adirondack mountains I found myself sauntering.
While I was hiking, climbing, and scrambling I was at the same time sauntering.

Of course as Henry David Thoreau put's it, "sauntering" is derived from the term "a la Sainte Terre," which means "to the holy land."

If you want to know more about what it means to saunter check out this previous blog post titled Peace for a Wandering Mind at Rocky Falls

And so whether I was hiking, climbing, or scrambling all the while I was sauntering to the holy land of the mountain top, recognizing every step along the way as part of a sacred pilgrimage.

I'd like to share my totally unrefined poetic reflection of my ascent of the Whiteface Mountain Trail. My hope is that it may spark some inspiration in your heart for your next adventure in wild spaces. To quote my friend Beth who leads a retreat ministry called Deep Green Journey, "We all could benefit from a return to nature."

I saunter along with receptive mind and open heart.
The Spirit of God stirs within me.
To ascend a mountain as an act of take the gifts God has given and use them...
strong legs, pumping heart, oxygenated lungs...
The Spirit of Jesus provides strength for ordinary steps and extraordinary perseverance, compelling me skywards.
To ascend a mountain as an act of worship we enter the company of Moses, Elijah, Peter, James, John, and Jesus...
To be in the presence of God in the sacredness and full beauty of the mountain...
To know a peace and tranquility that surpasses all else...
To feel the power and witness the grandeur of on-going creation...
The one whose heart beats in tune with the mountain and with God's heart knows that there are no words that can adequately describe the sense of solitude, of community, and of oneness with all things that are the gifts of this experience.
And the greatest gift is the peace of being known by the One who is Love.
Let us go ascend this mountain as an act of worship today; every step an expression of thankfulness towards the one who loves us all more than life.

(the view from the top of Whiteface Mountain)

(Wow! It sure was windy up there!)

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