“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Psalms 121:1-2 NIV
After a day of traveling from Garmisch to Innsbrook, we toured the Old City and the Church/Empty Tomb of Maximilian I next to the Royal Palace. Following these experiences, a number of us traveled to Nordkette, known as “the jewel of the Alps.” We had beautiful weather for the ride to the near top. Several then hiked the rest of the way to the top of the 7450-foot mountain. The views, as you can see, we’re breathtaking.
We were aware of the splendor of God’s creation, the gift of our being able to hike and see, the joy of the mountain sheep which entertained us, and the feel of the cool winds upon our faces. God is good.
It was a practice since the 1400’s to place crosses at the top of high peaks in Austria and Bavaria, Germany. It was a marking of feeling close to heaven. Indeed, creation is often named as the place we feel closest to God. We certainly felt awe and wonder in this place.
Prayer. Dear God, Thank you for your amazing gifts of creation. Amen.