Spiritual life: Mountain’s a reminder of God’s peace

PUBLISHED: 09:45 09 September 2017


Our junior school teacher insisted we stand up every morning and repeat the times tables over and over again.

On one occasion, she caught me dreaming and pulled me to the front of the class, grasped my shoulders and shook me like a rag doll! Repetition was her way.

This memory floated to the surface after returning from the mountains in the Lake District.

Failing health meant it could be my last visit. “You will have to find your fix elsewhere!” commented my son.

My love of mountains began while working in Peru where I’d watch the vast peaks of the Andes towering above.

They stirred and captured me with their infinite silence and peace; in their midst, I sensed the presence of God; it was like a great reassurance, a deep calm, a safe place.

The Peruvian Andes cultivated a silent receptivity to God in his creation.

I was drawn into a mystical union with the mountains; the more deeply my soul was restored.

Yet, I could not carry their stillness continually, and my teacher’s insistence on perseverance in learning comes to mind.

On earth there is a peace but it does not stay with us forever.

We need renewal day by day, a continual opening of our hearts to God and the things we must wrestle with as part of the human condition.

The mountains are reminders of God’s peace and the need to ask daily for the grace of stillness.

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