Curtis Rittenour

has pastored for 25 years in Oregon, Nebraska, and Washington. He is a freelance writer and speaker.

​Heaven and Cedars

“The righteous . . . shall grow like a cedar” (Psalm 92:12, KJV).

Eight blind campers walk gingerly behind me as I lead them along a simple trail through a Pacific Northwest forest near a mountain lake. We pause in the sunshine on this cool June morning to soak in a little warmth. As three college students at Sunset Lake Youth Camp near Mount Rainier gently guide a few stragglers into our huddle, I explain to these children how the lake off to their right is mirror smooth.

“There are trees bordering the opposite side of the lake. If you shout, you will hear an echo come back. Who wants to holler first?” Our enthusiastic troop …

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