All right everyone. Let’s turn in our bibles to Hezekiah 6:14. I’ll give you a moment to look it up…..oops! What happened? If you’re having trouble finding the verse it’s because there is no book of Hezekiah in the bible, though the king of that name is found there. One of my professors, Gerhard Frost, used to use the ‘book’ of Hezekiah as a ficticious depository for memorable sayings and quotations. Here is a reflection written by Dr. Frost under the title, Hezekiah 6:14.

The reason mountain climbers are tied together
is to keep the sane ones from going home.”

I don’t know who said it, or when. or where
but I’ve chuckled over it, thought about it,
and quoted it, too.
With a mountain of mercy behind me,
and a mountain of mission ahead,
I need you, my sister, my brother,
I need to be tied to you,
and you need me, too.
We need each other …
to keep from bolting ,
fleeing in panic,
and returning to the “Sanity” of unbelief.
Wise words, whoever said them.
They are in my ‘Bible’ under Hezekiah 6:14.

Gerhard Frost

Dr. Frost’s words reflect those of St. Paul to the Corinthians; “Now you are the body of Christ, and members of one another.” What is most significant about our being tied together is that which actually binds us and make us one. Christ Jesus is the vine that gives life and strength to us, the branches. In faith we are turned to one another that in the rejoicing and the struggling, in the winning and the losing, our anchor, Christ Jesus, holds us fast and keeps us in a living faith.

And it is that faith, after all, that overcomes the trials and tribulations of the world.

May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in

Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Published by Pastor Mark Anderson

Lutheran pastor, husband, dad, archaeology nut, serious blues guitarist and aspiring luthier.

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