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TITLE: Who Are You, Denali?
By Bella Rossiter
08/25/08
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Spending three months last summer with Denali (Native name for Mount McKinley)as my daily view, was a tremendous privilege. Hundreds of tourists arrive daily and many are disappointed when the mountain is obscured while they are there. They watch and wait with cameras in hand, hoping, hoping...
How serene Denali’s graceful slopes appear against the backdrop of baby-blue and eggshell cream skies. Oh, how it belies the treacherous dagger-like peaks and steep plunging slopes, concealing thinly covered crevasses and the precarious weight of evaporating snow, ready to roar down in unbridled avalanche to the valleys below.

Observers sigh, somehow releasing inner tensions, perhaps seeking spiritual revelation from the majestic, untamed power in the distance. What do we receive within that hidden part of ourselves by gazing by the hour upon its continuously changing appearance from sunlight to shadow? Why do pilgrims travel thousands of miles to this Mecca, either hoping to be graced by Denali granting them a glimpse, or to be utterly disappointed when a cloudy cloak obscures his vision?

Millions of cameras have been carefully focused and aimed to preserve his beauty for ages to come; and will be captioned, “I was there,” as though it were a great privilege and pleasure afforded only to a fortunate few. Thousands strive to climb and reach the summit as an ultimate goal and accomplishment in life.

What secret power do you hold over the minds and hearts of men? What secret power, Denali, do you hold? Do you speak in an ancient language unarticulated in thought and word, yet into a deeply carved well innate in our souls? Do you speak to us of a longing for connection with the higher power you represent?

O Denali, O Great One, O High One; are these not praises surely only attributable to Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth?

Our Maker, who created man in His image, calls from deep to deep. We strive for power and control; yet we are reduced to vulnerable, helpless beings. We long to rise up and conquer; yet respect and revere that spirit we contemplate and meditate upon, and cannot
comprehend. Though we may not recognize it as such, we are drawn to His power and His love because we belong to Him...
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