How things look from a higher, spiritual perspective

Shortly after arriving for a few days' stay at a cabin 8,000 feet up in the mountains, I felt the symptoms of altitude sickness. I asked my wife to help me in prayer. I also decided to listen to a tape of hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal, which I had brought along. It was somewhat of a surprise when direction for prayer came quickly. The first hymn started out, "How beauteous on the mountains ..." (No. 120).

I began to think of the spiritual symbolism mountains have in the Bible. Where did God give Moses the Ten Commandments? On a mountain. And where did Christ Jesus give the Sermon that capsulizes Christian conduct, which, when loved and lived, ensures the blessings of obedience to the divine commands? The book of Matthew says, "... he went up into a mountain" (5:1).

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