From Isaiah 11:
6The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
7The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
9They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
Some years ago, I took a hike up Mount Chocorua with the man who would become my husband. When we reached the Jim Liberty Cabin (pictured), I got my first clear view of the summit. I exclaimed, "I'M going up THERE?!?" The unprotected treeless summit frightened me, and I clung to the rocks when we reached the top.
A year later we climbed that mountain again, to be married. It was a slightly overcast day, and the surrounding peaks were wreathed in mist, appearing as islands in the midst of a holy sea.
Truly, we are vulnerable when we stand at the top of a mountain, when we stand in any of God's holy places.
Grant us courage this day to seek you, to learn of your peace, to make the earth a holy mountain in your name. Amen.