Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Bev Riter
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Being on sides of steep hills, the lanes in the Cinque Terre villages are very steep. A person needs to expect to experience walking up (and down) many steps. One of the villages, Corniglia is up a 377 brick stairway. I climbed it the first time there; this time I took the van! This photo is of stairs decked with flower pots in Corniglia.

When climbing the many stairs, I thought of Jacob’s ladder as mentioned in Genesis 28:10-19. Even though we weren’t climbing ladders, we were climbing – stairs! You might remember that Jacob was on his way from Beersheba to Harran. He stopped at nightfall and took a stone for a pillow for his head (as was the practice). He dreamt about a ladder that reached from the ground to heaven, with angels going up and down. The Lord standing beside him said that land would be his and his descendants, they would be many, would be blessed and protected by the Lord. When he awoke, Jacob truly believed the Lord was there and that was the gate to heaven. He took the stone he had used for a pillow, poured oil on it as a sacred pillar. He vowed that the Lord would be his God. This ladder served as Jacob’s connection between earth and heaven. What is your connection?