What a treat it is just to stand and gaze up at the towering mountains
and their snow capped peaks. I'm always reminded of something that is
everlasting for they have withstood the storms and erosion of time and
look as though they have stood there forever. I am reminded of our
Mighty and Powerful God who created these huge towering mountains.
Our God is a God of permanence. The creator of these majestic mountains.
God of all of creation, including the creator of man.

Our God who is the Alpha and the Omega. The thought that this Mighty and
Powerful God wants to lead us in His pathways is overwhelming and wonderful!
We who are so insignificant... and yet He wants to lead us to His sacred summit.
Doesn't it thrill the heart and mind to realize just how great is His love for us?
Oh how glorious and marvelous is this God whom we serve!    Amen...

Grace For The Moment
Max Lucado
I tried to climb the mountain today.
As I inched my way up the path,
I felt overwhelmed,
so I had to turn back.

I tried to climb the mountain today.
On my journey, darkness started to fall,
and I was full of fear,
so I had to return to a safe place..
I was ready to climb the mountain today.
But it was so hot outside,
I thought I better stay
in my nice air-conditioned house
and rest up for tomorrow's attempt.

I was about to climb the mountain today.
But I had so many other things to do,
so instead of climbing the mountain
I took care of much more important tasks.
I washed my car, mowed the grass
and watched the big game.
Today the mountain will just have to wait.
I was going to climb the mountain today.
But as I stared at the mountain in its majestic beauty,
I knew I stood no chance of making it to the top,
so I figured why even bother trying.

I have forgotten about climbing the mountain today;
until a friend came by and asked me
what I was up to lately.
I told him I was thinking about climbing
that mountain some day.
I went on and on about how I was
going to accomplish this task.
Finally, he said, "I just got back
from climbing the mountain.
For the longest time I told myself
I was trying to climb the mountain
but never made any progress.
I almost let the dream of making it to the top die.

I came up with every excuse of why
I could not make it up the mountain,
but never once did I give myself a reason why I could.
One day as I stared at the mountain and pondered,
I realized that if I didn't
make an attempt at this dream
all my dreams will eventually die."
"The next morning, I started my climb."
He continued, "It was not easy,
and at times I wanted to quit.
But no matter what I faced,
I placed one foot in front of the other,
trying to keep a steady pace.
When the wind tried to blow me over the edge,
I kept walking.
When the voices inside my head screamed "Stop!"
I focused on my goal, never letting it out of sight,
and I kept moving forward.
At times, I was ready to quit,
but I knew I had come too far.
Time and time again, I reassured myself
that I was going to finish this journey.
I struggled to make it to the top,
but I climbed the mountain!"

"I have to be going," my friend said.
"Tomorrow is a new day to accomplish more dreams.
By the way, what are you going to do tomorrow?"

I looked at him, with intensity
and confidence in my eyes, and said,
"I have a mountain to climb."

Author Unknown
Midi playing is "Climb Every Mountain"