Heading for the Summit


On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, along with Nepalese guide Tenszing Norgay, were the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  As legends go, it is said that Hillary died years later climbing Mt. Everest “last seen heading for the summit.” Actually, he died in the hospital of heart failure back home in New Zealand.  The legend, while a lovely thought, is not true, but it is sometimes heard in a sermon or found in a devotional piece of writing. It is a lovely thought. We can live each day climbing Mt.Herman, Mt. Zion, or the Mount of Olives, “heading for the summit.”  Higher, higher, higher! Come Holy Spirit.  Be our Tenzing Norgay!