Archives for February 2016

Psalm 60 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry, now restore us! You have shaken the earth and split it open; repair the cracks in it, for it totters.” Psalm 60:1-2 Reflection: These are the ruins of what I remember to be an old cement company along the canal trail.  You […]

Psalm 59 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Each evening they come back, howling like dogs….” “O my strength, I will watch for you.” Refrains from Psalm 58 Reflection:  The first sight of wild phlox, its soft splash of lavender, was a delight on a cool, cloudy day.  Surrounding the phlox patch is lichen, a crusty symbiotic relationship of algae and fungus.  The […]

Psalm 58 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime; like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.”  Psalm 58:8 I do not like Psalm 58.  Let me repeat, I really do not like Psalm 58.  I am offended by some of the metaphors, like “snails into slime.” (I like snails; they carry their […]

Psalm 57 (Psalms on the Trail)

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make melody. Awake my soul!  Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn. I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples. I will sing praises to you among the nations.  Psalm 57:7-9 There is something on […]

Psalm 56 (Psalms on the Trail)

My enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  Psalm 56:2 The lizard makes it look so easy.  As do the young jocks that just dig in their fingers and pull themselves up rock faces before quickly disappearing […]

Psalm 55 (Psalms on the Trail)

I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee to a far-off place and make my lodging in the wilderness. I would hurry to find shelter for myself from the stormy wind and tempest.” Psalm 55: 6-8     Reflection:  As the crow […]

Psalm 54 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.”  Psalm 54:4 (KJV) I received a gift over Christmas, The Psalms of David, a reproduction of a hand-lettered and illustrated volume of the King James version of the Psalms.  The “illuminator” was James E. Freemantle, who was born in 1859 in India […]

Psalm 53 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Have they no knowledge, those evildoers who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon God?” Psalm 53:4 Reflection:  The Great Allegheny Passage is a rail trail from Cumberland, Maryland, (where the C&O Canal trail from D.C. ends) to Pittsburgh.  For its first 20 miles it runs beside tracks that take tourists […]

Psalm 52 (Psalms on the Trail)

But I am like a green olive tree     in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God     forever and ever.            Psalm 52:8   The photo above is not mine—I pulled it off the internet, and it is indeed an olive tree. The smaller photo is mine, […]

Psalm 51 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 Reflection:  On the AT I gave up being clean. I had tried. I even had a folding plastic bucket to hold water I could collect from a creek. Sometimes I was desperate enough to wash my clothes in […]