Mountains dot the landscape of the Scriptures. Climbing one was not an easy but a significant choice because mountains, towering above most of the terrain, were popularly thought of as places closer to God dwelling in the heavens, places that offered an optimal advantage of being heard in prayer.
Jesus often took himself apart to a mountain to pray. Sometimes to give himself the gift of restorative stillness after pouring out his energies in the service of healing. Sometimes before discerning a future action of particular consequence—in this case, the choosing of the Twelve. He wrapped his decision-making in a night of prayer. What a model for us as we also face discernments of consequence in our everyday living.
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