The hill is high.

If the pure in heart is that of a child’s,

then mine must still exist

somewhere underneath the scars and the dirt

the cuts and the bruises

longing to climb that hill and see God.

The hill his high and my heart is heavy.

I’ve climbed that hill before, when I was young

and my dreams were undefiled

and my ideals were still unchallenged.

Reality, sin, warped that heart

and the image of the body at war with it self

made one of the deepest cuts.

But the heart still beats. Perhaps, once those cuts are healed,

I too

will see God at the top of the hill.


Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.

Psalm 24:3-5

About grantimusmax

Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. Currently, he is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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