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There are days when life is hard.
It feels like you can’t climb the mountain.
You try with all your might,
but the mountaintop is far from sight.
You’re stuck in the darkness.
You can’t see the light.
You can’t think clearly.
You feel as if you’re in this dense cloud.
Brain fog can’t be lifted even by three cups of strong coffee.
You read or hear about stories of how cruel people are to one another.
You bow your head in dismay.
You ask yourself, “How did things get this bad?”
You cry out in despair, “God, I can’t stand this daily struggle any longer!”
When will all the hate end, words spoken to create anger, incite division?
When will the lies stop?
When will people listen to the truth?
When will they just stop and hear the falsehoods from messengers of hate?
When will people come together and care more for one another?
When will more people see that lies never lead to solutions to society’s issues?
We need to be people showing compassion to others.
We can break walls of hatred down by loving one another.
If the Berlin Wall came down, so can the walls we build that keep us apart.
You and I need to tell those who are filled with hatred for one race or another, those who speak of the difference between black and white,
that we will not stand for their lies any longer.
We will choose to love everyone equally regardless of what they say.
That is quite a rough mountain to climb.
We will face opposition,
but if we stick together we will win.
We will win because we didn’t traverse that mountain alone.
We did it together.
Together united in pushing back against ignorance with the truth,
that God doesn’t want us accepting lies spoken from people, some of whom
are deluded, and others building their kingdoms of power.
If we asked God to help us hear the damage ill-thought words cause, would
we be so quick to speak them?
I hope not.
I hope not with all my heart.
We climb that mountain together.
We climb it as we are willing to learn from one another.
A week ago I was too ill to hold up my head.
The weight of it was too much to bear.
I had eaten something my body didn’t like.
The average adult human head can weigh 10 to 11 pounds. 1
It felt much heavier than that.
I was sick to my stomach.
My mind was tossing to and fro.
Karen said, “Lean into my chest.”
I felt her love.
It caressed my soul.
There are days the mountains we climb are tough.
Circumstances can cause us to fail to see these truths:
We haven’t fallen yet.
There hasn’t been an avalanche.
We still have a spouse who loves us,
friends who care for us,
colleagues who respect us,
and the blessing of being in community.
The lesson if we ask God for the eyes to see it is this:
We were never meant to climb the mountain on our own.
Our Father is always there to carry the load for us.
We can cast upon Christ our every care,
and know, really know He’s there.
Christ’s healing balm of love is there in all your pain.
He can put in you the strength to go on.
He can lift you up when you feel down.
He can put a smile on your soul when all you have strength to do is frown.
He can change the way you look at things.
He can help you see in the storm, you have many blessings.
You aren’t weak admitting you need help.
We are made to be in community.
It’s never about brave soldiering it.
Strength of character is shown admitting we don’t have all the answers.
We are stronger when we work together to help one another.
That’s what it means to be a sister,
to be a brother.
That’s what it means to love one another.
And remember, God is with you, Christ is with you, in every mountain you climb.
Dr. Kevin James Osborne M.A., M.Div., Psy.D.. D.A.B.T.E, C.M.H.C. is Dean of Psychology and President of Student Affairs at St. James the Elder University. Karen Osborne B.A., D.Sc. in Psychology (honoris causa) C.M.H.C. is the Registrar of St. James the Elder University.