Archives for January 2016

Psalm 31 (Psalms on the Trail)

Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth. Psalm 31:5 By the time night was descending, I was in my tent, tucked under the quilt reading my last psalm for the day by the light of the headlamp.  I might jot down a few notes about […]

Psalm 30 (Psalms on the Trail)

You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.  Psalm 30:11-12 Reflection:  Once upon a time when I was a young adult, people would frequently comment on what a great smile I had.  Nobody does that anymore.  Instead, I frequently hear: Pastor, […]

Psalm 29 (Psalms on the Trail)

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. The voice of the Lord is powerful.  The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. Psalm 29:1,4,7 Reflection:  Sometime in June (2015) while I was hiking in Virginia, astronomers discovered […]

Psalm 28 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O save our people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.” Psalm 28:9 Reflection:  There is a kind of relationship between a hiker and her backpack. It is unthinkable that I could ever forget or abandon it.  It is my lifeline.  If I go, it goes with me, even when carrying […]

Psalm 27 (Psalms on the Trail)

Reflection:  I don’t consider myself to be a courageous person.  In fact, I can be a “shrinking violet” about a lot of things.  I was fearful when a thunderstorm would hit while I was on a ridge (somewhat justified).  I was fearful that I wouldn’t be able to complete the climb. I can be fearful […]

Psalm 26 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Prove me, O Lord and try me: test my heart and mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you.”  Psalm 26:2-3 I was climbing large rock stairs at the end of the day, drawing near to the highest elevation in Virginia.  It was indeed a test.  (To learn […]

Psalm 25 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.”  Psalm 25:4-5 It’s rather easy to get lost, especially when I get lost in thought first, mind wandering and am not paying attention.  Is the trail obvious […]

Psalm 24 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. the world and those who live in it.”  Psalm 24:1 The rock boulders are the Lord’s.  The green grass is the Lord’s.  The mountains beyond me with their Christmas tree farms are the Lord’s.  The ridges behind them, the Smoky Mountains far to the […]

Psalm 23 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. You make me lie down in green pastures; you lead me beside still waters;  you restore my soul.  Psalm 23: 1-3. This photo was taken after  the most bitterly cold, rainy night I had yet endured in the tent.  The fog the evening before was thick […]

Psalm 22 (Psalms on the Trail)

“My God, my God why have your forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning.”  Psalm 22:1 These are the remains of an old lock house near Hancock, MD .  The tenant who lived here would have tended the lock at all hours so barges traversing the […]