Earth Pillar


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The caverns within Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico are vast, and that’s an understatement. They’ve been known for ages, but before the advent of artificial light exploration was limited. The depths beyond beckoned, but no one could explore them. Later, Jim White began to explore them in earnest somewhere in the late 1890s. Since then, they have been under continuous exploration. Rumors that they extend forever are probably exaggerated, but it certainly seems as if they might. New passages are being discovered and explored, but always there is one more area to open up.

It however, the unsung heroes of the caverns that make it all possible: the pillars. These giant pillars hold the ceiling at bay, at least for this geologic moment. Holding, literally, the weight of the world on their shoulders they hold silent sentinel to the eternal struggle that goes on every moment.

This one pillar caught my eye. It’s very strength can be felt by all that gaze upon it, and by its very presence on feels safe and secure, even after having moved on. I was reminded that we all have pillars in our lives that we rely on, and lean on, and are thankful for. I hope this earth pillar reminds you of your pillars, too.

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