As I day dreamed thinking about such things, I saw that our souls are like the ocean in that we too have mountain ranges in us. Just like the ones on dry land, our inner mountain ranges were created by the volcanic eruptions in our lives that caused us pain and leave behind ridges of anger, bitterness, sorrow, and resentment created by our own sin and the sins of others. These jagged peaks can create barriers between us and others in our lives. We try to hide them but sometimes these inner mountain jut out for all to see. We can trip and fall into a spiritual valley when we remember how our inner mountains were created and who was involved.
At Christmas many families have annual gatherings that challenge our ability to love because our inner mountains remind us of the journey of pain in our family relationships. We need some way to deal with those who have hurt us or who have hurt each other when we sit together by the Christmas tree or at the holiday dinner table. Our human love can be like a shallow stream where even small boulders can topple a canoe. Without God’s love, Christmas is just another secular holiday and can be one of the most stressful times of year when people are thrown together and reminded of their inner mountains.
1 Peter 4:8
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
When Jesus Christ was born, God poured an ocean of love into humanity through Him. This unconditional love is what we need to fill us up and cover our inner mountains just like the ocean does for the mountain ranges on the floor of the sea. When we are filled with God’s love, we can rise above the mountain tops of painful memories and even current struggles that act like active volcanoes in our lives. The inner mountains are still there but through the love of Christ, God has made a way for us to rise above them together.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com
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