Sugarloaf Mountain, Dickerson, Maryland, USA

The hills cry out, O God.

They call to us to watch and see,

To look for the signs of change,

To watch for the hawk circling for prey.

The hills cry out, O God.

They invite us to wait, to wonder,

To dare to climb,

To follow a path blazed for us.

The hills cry out, O God.

They speak of peoples misplaced and replaced,

Of land abused and over-farmed,

And we who ignore or forget earth’s peril.

The hills cry out, O God.

They invite us to deeper, rugged climbs,

To listen for your voice, your heart,

And reflect back your glory.

The hills cry out, God.

Blessed be.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn, BCC, is a chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She lives with her bearded spouse of many years in Maryland and currently serves as a hospice chaplain and in providing pulpit supply. She is a herder of cats, and remains a die-hard Ohio State fan. You can find more of her writing at An Unfinished Symphony.


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