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Climb Every Mountain is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. It is sung at the close of the first act by the Mother Abbess. It is themed as an inspirational piece, to encourage people to take every step towards attaining their dreams.

This song shares inspirational overtones with the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. They are both sung by the female mentor characters in the shows, and are used to give strength to the protagonists in the story, and both are given powerful reprises at the end of their respective shows. However, as Oscar Hammerstein II was writing the lyrics, it developed its own inspirational overtones along the lines of an earlier Hammerstein song, “There’s a Hill Beyond a Hill”. He felt that the metaphors of climbing mountains and fording streams better fitted Maria’s quest for her spiritual compass.
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Recently I went rock climbing in Colorado Springs in the Garden of the Gods. I’ve been climbing before, however the beauty of this place was overwhelming as was the vertical rock that we climbed.

The Garden of the Gods red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. At about 250 BC Native American people camped in the park. They are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter. There are many native peoples who have reported a connection to Garden of the Gods, including Ute, Comanche, Apache, Kiowa, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Pawnee and Lakota people

Because of the unusual and steep rock formations in the park, it is an attractive goal for rock climbers. Rock climbing is permitted, with annual permit obtained at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. The requirements are following the “Technical Climbing Regulations and Guidelines,” using proper equipment, climbing with a “buddy”, and staying on established climbing routes. Precipitation makes rocks unstable and therefore climbing is not allowed when the rocks are wet or icy. There are fines for unregistered climbers, and possibly rescue costs. Several fatalities have occurred over the years, generally because the climber was not wearing safety equipment or the equipment failed.

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Climbing mountains whether the are physical, mental or spiritual all require persistence and strength. The question is where you get strength from and how long you persist for. Both are required to get to the top. There are many valleys and mountains in our lives, we need to walk through and climb over. In Psalm 23 there is a map of how to walk through valleys, rest, and where to gain strength. Jesus teaches us much here about what we need through the valley to then climb the mountain.

May you this week take comfort that you are not alone in this quest. We can gain strength, courage, and fortitude to climb every mountain we face. May you value the journey for what it is, and know that you are still becoming.

Climb

When molehills feel impassable
Too tall and wide and high
Let me climb the mountain
That is higher than I

When life becomes too old
And the bigger story sighs
Let me climb that mountain
That is higher than I

When sadness eclipses hope
And joy is lost to lies
Let me climb your mountain
That is higher than I

When gardens start to crumble
And gods refuse to die
I’ll meet you on the mountain
As we climb so high

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