Archives for January 2016

Psalm 11 (Psalms on the Trail)

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains’? Psalm 11:1 Reflection:  These lovely creatures are gathering moisture from a dirt road that crosses the AT.  They are vulnerable, not much interested in fleeing from predators, jeeps and inattentive backpackers, because they have more important […]

Psalm 10 (Psalms on the Trail)

    “But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you.” Psalm 10:14 Reflection:  It’s raining outside this morning.  Looking at this photo, I am reminded of thunderstorms I encountered while hiking, times when I felt helpless.  The only thing I […]

Psalm 9 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”   Psalm 9:2 Reflection: It was mid to late April in the bottom land along the Potomac River under towering sycamores, white barked and bare.  Carpets of Virginia bluebells mixed with white wildflowers (please tell me their name) made […]

Psalm 8 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!   You have set your glory above the heavens.”   Psalm 8:1 Reflection:  For long stretches on the AT one can walk through a “green tunnel” and not be able to notice what is going on in the sky above.  More […]

Psalm 7 (Psalms on the Trail)

God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10 Reflection:  Believe it or not, I am nervous around heights, so sometimes I am puzzled by my fascination with hiking mountains.  On any kind of cliff or outcropping I prefer a good yard or more from the edge, or sitting down, or holding […]

Psalm 6 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with weeping.” Psalm 6:6 Words like “weary,” “flood,” and “drench” came to mind on this rainy day of walking beside the Potomac river, swollen with the spring downpours.  Other words like “cold” and “damp” and “hot […]

Psalm 5 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house; I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.” Psalm 5:7 Because I have walked too closely to flooded rivers, and because I have hunkered down too high on ridges during thunderstorms, I am aware of creation’s terrifying power […]

Psalm 4 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”  Psalm 4:8   My reflection on this verse: When my dog, Chester, and I hiked the C&O Canal trail,  we could go for miles with few places to sit.  If we stepped off the narrow […]

Psalm 3 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 Reflection: Early spring is the season for Jack-in-the-pulpits.  They are so well camouflaged by ground leaf cover and their own leaves,  that I rarely spotted one unless I was sitting down and being still.  Then […]

Psalm 2 (Psalms on the Trail)

I will tell of the decree of the Lord who said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.” Psalm 2:7   This psalm was likely written for the coronation of a king, presumably one whom God had chosen for Israel.  But what of us?  What can it say to us?  Through […]