Archives for February 2016

Psalm 50 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I know every bird of the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. ” Psalm 50:11 More than a decade ago I participated in a clergy program introducing us to contemplative prayer and leadership.  Later in the week there was introduction to our 36 hours of silence, that’s right—no talking, a first for […]

Psalm 49 (Psalms on the Trail)

But God will ransom my life and snatch me from the jaws of death.   Psalm 49:15 Okay, this menacing creature is fairly harmless.  It’s either a wolf spider or a nursery web spider—I don’t know which.  So maybe this photo isn’t a good illustration for this psalm verse, because Psalm 49 is a “wisdom” […]

Psalm 48 (Psalms on the Trail)

In the midst of your temple, O God, we meditate on your steadfast love. Mark this—God is our God forever and ever, guiding us even to the end.  Psalm 48:9,14 Reflection:  Do you see those tall peaks in the distance?  I certainly noticed them, because I realized that I had hiked over them!  On the […]

Psalm 47 (Psalms on the Trail)

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.  For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth…  God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.  Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto […]

Psalm 46 (Psalms on the Trail)

“God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, through the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” Psalm 46:1-3 Reflection:  Great Falls  is at a point […]

Psalm 45 (Psalms on the Trail)

“My heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; my tongue shall be the pen of a skillful writer.” Psalm 45:1 Reflection:  There is a place for writing on the trail.  Many hikers keep a journal.  Some simply log in miles and places; others write down […]

Psalm 44 (Psalms on the Trail)

Through you we pushed by our adversaries; through your name we trampled on those who rose up against us.”  Psalm 44:5 Yes, you see it right: this is a privy near a shelter on the AT.  Yes, that’s mildew on the toilet seat.  Yes, there is no door.  Looks luxurious, right?  Here’s the point, however: […]

Psalm 43 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your sanctuary. ” Psalm 43:3 This photo is from High Rock on South Mountain in Maryland looking west over the Cumberland Valley.  Although this place is accessible by road, I got there via a […]

Psalm 42 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “As the deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God , for the living God; when shall I come and behold the face of God”   Psalm 42:1-2   I took my dog Winnie on a day hike on the AT not too far […]

Psalm 41 (Psalms on the Trail)

Even my best friend, whom I trusted,  who broke bread with me, has violently turned against me. But you, O Lord, be merciful to me  and raise me up.  Psalm 41: 9-10 The youth in the congregation sent the Jesus doll with me on the sabbatical when I walked the C&O/Allegheny Passage.  I didn’t carry […]