Archives for January 2016

Psalm 21 (Psalms on the Trail)

“For you meet him with rich blessing; you set a crown of fine gold on his head.   He asked you for life; you gave it to him—length of days forever.” Psalm 21:3-4 Reflection:  This psalm is written for the coronation of a king (the “him” in the psalm), so I try to imagine these […]

Psalm 20 (Psalms on the Trail)

“May the Lord send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.”  Psalm 20:2 I am on a mattress in the upstairs of a rustic bunkhouse open as a hiker hostel on the property of Holy Family Catholic Church in Pearisburg, VA.  This hostel is a sanctuary of help and support.  Hot […]

Psalm 19 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims its maker‘s handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1 For those of you who know and love the Virginia Blue Ridge, this photo looks north toward the Peaks of Otter from one of the places where the AT crosses the Parkway.   I am just out of reach […]

Psalm 18 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 18:1  I notice that the psalmist describes the Lord as “my rock” twice in one sentence, so I’ll assume this repetition was deliberate.  It could be that the […]

Psalm 17 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.”  Psalm 17:8 Reflection: I usually take an apple along on a hike—a day hike, that is.  However, a fresh apple has a lot of moisture in it which makes it heavy, relatively speaking.  For a backpacker who is out […]

Psalm 16 (Psalms for the Trail)

  “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.”  Psalm 16:6 Reflection:  I grew up in Virginia, grew up hiking in the mountains, grew up discovering rattlesnakes and wild turkeys, rhododendron thickets and rocky outcrops gazing over meadows below.  I also grew up discovering books and writing and […]

Psalm 15 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell in your holy hill?”  Psalm 15:1  Reflection: My husband warned me that posting a psalm meditation everyday would be hard.  I’m two weeks into it now.  He is right.  It is hard to abide in the task we think God has given us to […]

Psalm 14 (Psalms on the Trail)

“When the Lord restores the fortunes of the people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad”  Psalm 14:7 Reflection: I love the Church.  Sometimes as an institution it has been awkward, foolish, hurtful, and abusive.  I have suffered because of it.  Sometimes it has lost its way and forgotten its purpose.  I have gotten caught […]

Psalm 13 (Psalms on the Trail)

“How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” Psalm 13:1 Reflection:  The towpath and rail trail took me through a number of tunnels.  Yes, there is “light at the end of the tunnel,” but what I often thought would be a walk of a few […]

Psalm 12 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure.” Psalm 12:6 These trillium faithfully return to a ridge in northern Virginia every May where they blanket the forest floor in vast numbers.  For that reason, photographers are drawn to this spot every year, never doubting the promise of their return.  But sometimes promises are hard […]