Archives for February 2016

Psalm 40 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The Lord set my feet upon a high cliff, making my footing sure. The Lord put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:2-3 On the AT in May the birds are up and noisily staking their territory around 5:00 a.m. when it is only barely becoming light […]

Psalm 39 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “For I am your passing guest, an alien,                               like all my forebears.”                                 Psalm 39:12 The traditional meaning of a pilgrim is one who […]

Psalm 38 (Psalms on the Trail)

    “For in you, O Lord, have I fixed my hope;  you will answer me, O Lord my God.” Psalm 38:15 Reflection:  Nothing is going well for this psalmist.  He has gotten himself into trouble and is overwhelmed by remorse.  Relationships have fallen apart.  Friends and neighbors have distanced themselves.  Others, going too far, […]

Psalm 37 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “Take delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire.  Commit your way to the Lord, put your trust in the Lord, and see what God will do.”   Psalm 37:4-5 Reflection: It all started with a crazy idea:  I would start hiking the AT , beginning near my home—6, 8, 10 miles […]

Psalm 36 (Psalms on the Trail)

There were distance-hungry AT hikers who would continue into the night.  I wasn’t one of them.  The path to the privy at a shelter/tent site was hard enough for me to find in the pitch-black night with the tiny little headlamp.  (In your headlamp  we see light.)  Besides, it was the season of 15-16 hours […]

Psalm 35 (Psalms on the Trail)

Let them be like chaff before the wind,  and let the angel of the Lord drive them away…. Give me justice, O Lord my God, according to your righteousness.”  Psalm 35:5, 24 Sometimes, in reading and praying through the psalms, I have to climb out of my safe place and dare to put my feet […]

Psalm 34 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in God.”  Psalm 34:8 Sometimes food tastes especially good.  Hiking on a long trail is one of them.  Weary muscles are really hungry.  On the C&O towpath Chester is hungry for a hard-boiled egg and carrots.  I am hungry for […]

Psalm 33 (Psalms on the Trail)

The Lord looks down from heaven and sees all humankind. God sits firmly enthroned and watches all who dwell on the earth. God fashions all their hearts and observes all their deeds.  Psalm 33:13-15 It is lunchtime, and I am only halfway up the mountain.  I still have a few hours before reaching the top. […]

Psalm 32 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Happy are they whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”  Psalm 32:1 On the early spring morning in the photo, the Potomac’s cold waters move smoothly.  It’s a little chilly for a baptism, but I think of the many that have occurred along these banks.  One can simply search the web and watch baptisms […]