People seeking spiritual strength and religious motivation have long looked to the mountains to inspired their prayers and meditations. Enjoy this slideshow of mountain wisdom and offer your own in the comments.

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  • Someday a mountain

    I'm going to be a mountain someday and just stand all the time stalwart and mighty collecting crystals from heaven and dispersing them ever so gently kindly and impartially to thirsty fields below I will rise to alpine stature I will be a mountain firm and ever a humble beacon a lofty rising peak that calls to the brave and strong urging all yearnings to look up to arise and stop determined storms and be a rocky sanctuary more than a point of reference above the din of banality and hostile indifference loving in the purity of nearness to God Crowned in white that holds all color fed by the groanings of the earth standing, always standing yes, i'm going to be a mountain someday for this I rise up By: Kaerlek Janislamp Via

  • Psalm 76

    God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet-- When you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.t Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth. The Holy Bible

  • Prayer for the Mountains

    O Divine Spirit, Spirit of wind and water, of mountain and majesty, of all creatures great and small: Hear our prayer of thanksgiving for the world that we take for granted, for your gracious gifts that we do not earn, for the daily blessings that we do not merit; Hear our prayer of confession as we acknowledge our self-absorption, our short-sightedness; our failure to care for all creation; Hear our prayer of supplication for the mountains, and those who love them; for the mountains, and those who live in them; for the mountains, and those who work to preserve and protect them; Bring us to that day when the rivers will clap their hands and the mountains will sing together for joy. Amen. By Mary Jane Hitt, pastor at Providence United Presbyterian Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania Via

  • Bless the Mountains

    God of Creation - may you bless the mountains and rocks, rivers and valleys,animals and plants which daily sing your praises and remind us of your gracious gift of creation. God of Grace - may you forgive us our devotion to greed, destruction, and selfishness so that we might be freed to truly see the other as ourselves and hold the care of creation in our hearts. God of Mercy - may you bless those who have lost their homes, families, or livelihoods because of mountaintop removal. Be with them in their grief and through your love give them hope for a new day. God of Justice - may you bless those who strive to end mountaintop removal. Give them perseverance, wisdom, and strength as they work for peace and justice for all. God of Peace - may you bless those that find employment in mountaintop removal. May you give all of us insight and humility that will yield compassion and mercy so that we might find understanding and reconciliation. God of Love - We give you thanks for the love you have for the whole of the world. We know that we are blessed so that we may be a blessing to others. May your compassion and mercy guide all of us as we seek peace and justice for the Mountains of Appalachia and those who call them home. By:Matthew Anderson-Stembridge, member of the Lutheran Earthkeeping Network for the Synods via

  • Faith of a Mustard Seed

    He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." - Matthew 17:20 in the Holy Bible

  • If the Mountains Had Eyes

    "And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth's shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention." ― Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

  • Faced With the Mountain?

    If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it's not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home." By: Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • Time is a Mountain's Greatest Gift

    "The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble -- to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consumer nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself." ― Philip Connors, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009

  • Mountain Descriptions

    "Long, blue, spiky-edged shadows crept out across the snow-fields, while a rosy glow, at first scarce discernible, gradually deepened and suffused every mountain-top, flushing the glaciers and the harsh crags above them. This was the alpenglow, to me the most impressive of all the terrestrial manifestations of God. At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed." ― John Muir, The Wild Muir: Twenty-Two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

  • Mountain Wisdom from The Island Within

    "The mountain has left me feeling renewed, more content and positive than I've been for weeks, as if something has been given back after a long absence, as if my eyes have opened once again. For this time at least, I've let myself be rooted in the unshakable sanity of the senses, spared my mind the burden of too much thinking, turned myself outward to experience the world and inward to savor the pleasures it has given me." ― Richard Nelson, The Island Within

  • Go Tell it On the Mountain

    Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere Go, tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born. While shepherds kept their watching o'er silent flocks by night, Behold, throughout the heavens There shone a holy light Refrain The shepherds feared and trembled, When lo! above the earth, Rang out the angels chorus That hailed our Savior's birth. Refrain Down in a lowly manger The humble Christ was born And God sent us salvation That blessed Christmas morn. Refrain Composed by John Wesley Work, Jr

  • I Choose the Mountain

    The low lands call I am tempted to answer They are offering me a free dwelling Without having to conquer The massive mountain makes its move Beckoning me to ascend A much more difficult path To get up the slippery bend I cannot choose both I have a choice to make I must be wise This will determine my fate I choose, I choose the mountain With all its stress and strain Because only by climbing Can I rise above the plane I choose the mountain And I will never stop climbing I choose the mountain And I shall forever be ascending By: Howard Simon

  • The Poem as Mask

    by Muriel Rukeyser Special thanks to Huff Post Religion fan Joe Hunt for submitting this Orpheus When I wrote of the women in their dances and wildness, it was a mask, on their mountain, gold-hunting, singing, in orgy, it was a mask; when I wrote of the god, fragmented, exiled from himself, his life, the love gone down with song, it was myself, split open, unable to speak, in exile from myself. There is no mountain, there is no god, there is memory of my torn life, myself split open in sleep, the rescued child beside me among the doctors, and a word of rescue from the great eyes. No more masks! No more mythologies! Now, for the first time, the god lifts his hand, the fragments join in me with their own music.

  • Psalm 121

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you-- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm -- he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. - NIV Bible

  • On the Way

    from Holy Madness by Barbara Flaherty One foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other, keep walking toward the mountain. Keep your eyes on the mountain. Rest your heart on that holy hill. There is much around you. Do not notice. Walk even through the sea. Focus your being on the mountain. Let your feet be wet with your life and your death. Just keep walking toward that mountain.

  • Fuji-yama

    Fuji-yama, Touched by thy divine breath, We return to the shape of God, Thy silence is Song, Thy song is the song of Heaven: Our land of fever and care Turns to a home of mellow-eyed ease- The home away from the land Where mortals are born only to die. We Japanese daughters and sons, Chanting of thy fair majesty, The pride of God, Seal our shadows in the bosom, The balmiest place of eternity, O white-faced wonder, O matchless sight, O sublimity, O Beauty! The thousand rivers carry thy sacred image On their brows; All the mountains raise their heads unto thee Like the flowing tide, As if to hear thy final command. Behold! the seas surrounding Japan Lose their hungry-toothed song and wolfish desire, Kissed by lullaby-humming repose, At sight of thy shadow, As one in a dream of poem. We being round thee forget to die: Death is sweet, Life is sweeter than Death. We are mortals and also gods, Innocent companions of thine, O eternal Fuji! By Yone Noguchi Special thanks to community member Hopper250

  • Climbing is Happiness

    "I've learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it." - Andy Rooney

  • Apache prayer of healing

    Mountain Spirit, leader of the Mountain Spirits, your body is holy. By means of it, make him well again. Make his body like your own. Make him strong again. He wants to get up with all of his body. For that reason, he is performing this ceremony, Do that which he has asked of you. Long ago, it seems you restored someone's legs and eyes for them. This has been said. In the same way, make him free again from disease. That is why I am speaking to you. -- Apache prayer of healing *Special thanks to Huff Post Religion community member alterego55