Pastor’s Paragraph for March 8, 2020

Pastor's Paragraph for March 8, 2020

MARCH 8, 2020


Northern Dauphin County is one of my favorite hiking areas. Some friends and I hiked south on the Appalachian Trail (AT) from the Clarks Valley Road, across the ridge of Peter’s Mountain, down the mountain and across the Susquehanna River on the Clark’s Ferry Bridge, and then south, the whole way to Mechanicsburg. It was a great hike!

But one of my favorite spots was at the top of Peter’s Mountain heading north on the AT. We would park our cars behind the old Civil Air Patrol building on the ridge of the mountain, then head north on the AT, and it wasn’t long before we came to a beautiful spot called Shikellamy Rocks, which gave us a beautiful view of the area called Clark’s Valley. The first time I left the trail and walked down to Shikellamy Rocks, I came across a huge wooden sign nailed to one of the trees at the rocks that had these words painted on it: “I will lift up mine eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121.

I was moved and inspired when I read those words from this beautiful Psalm painted on that piece of wood. I sat down and allowed my imagination to go back 3,000 years to that moment when King David looked up to the hill that would one day become the “eternal city” called Jerusalem. The Jerusalem heights inspired him to ask the rhetorical question, “From whence does my help come?” He answered the question with his own words: “My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” 

I had the same feeling of inspiration when I looked south across Clark’s Valley to the Blue Mountain heights on the other side of the valley. And just like King David, I knew “from whence my help comes.” My experience as a follower of Jesus Christ told me very clearly that “my help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

The memory of that beautiful moment on Shikellamy Rocks will always bring those beautiful words of Psalm 121 back to my mind. This is just one of the many Biblical symbols that speak to me loud and clear from nature. 


Rev. Dr. Jack Grove

New Members Ministry