The challenge beckoned me upwards as the summit promises a glorious view beyond measure, a sweet reward for the challenging trek up, up, up, the mountain... Not to mention the breath-taking scenery to soak in, all the way up and back down the trail. I leaped at the chance to make this heavenly ascent!
In the Spiritual Life we also gain strength from a community of believers as the body of Christ. Just when we think we will never make it, there is refreshment in one another. We are called to build one another up in faith, hope, and love. Because stumbling is inevitable, the Sacrament of Reconciliation brings our souls to right order and back on the path to heaven. Learning to know, love, and serve God begins with one another on the mountains that we climb each day.
Isn't this a most magnificent view?
The view from the top was God's glory at it's finest and a heavenly ascension extraordinaire! Words can only scantily describe the awesome splendor...
Just as the Holy Spirit breathes life into our footsteps of faith, the wind on the mountain filled our spirit. We basked in the grace that permeated the soul.
(Just in time for Pentecost, this Sunday:)
Gazing out into the beautiful landscape, I gained strength for the journey home, both earthly and heavenly homes, that is. Climbing a mountain is always do-able, metaphorically speaking, one foot in front of the other. Despite all odds in our daily lives, there is rest for the weary, hope for the hopeless, and the promise of heaven on the horizon.
We are encouraged to keep climbing our mountains...
Hope to meet you at the top!
"The difference in winning and losing is most often...Not quitting."~Walt Disney~