The View from the Mountain top

Rev. Caryne Eskridge

Exodus 24:12-18
Matthew 17:1-9

In order to get a sense of the lifespan of the Green Mountains, we have to stretch our sense of the passing of time to its limits. The geological term for the birth of mountains is orogeny, from the Greek words for mountain and creation. The orogeny of the Green Mountains starts 1.4 billion years ago, when two landmasses collided and part of the edge of that collision was pushed upward into a mountain range. Mountains actually keep growing until the forces that pushed them upward wane and erosion, the process that gradually wears them down, becomes primary. That first mountain range eventually eroded down over millions of years to hills. If we fast forward to 450 million years ago, the rocks that remained from that first orogeny became part of another mountain range. After millions of years of erosion, this range is what we know as the Green Mountains. It is mind-bending to try to conceptualize the lifespan of these mountains that we see, walk beside, and hike up. At the same time we’re aware of the ancient story of the mountains and aware of our presence in that moment. We feel both utterly connected to the larger story and at the same time we are acutely aware that we are a small part of that story.

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