Archives for March 2016

Psalm 83 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Let them know that you, whose name is I AM— you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” Psalm 83:18 Reflection:  There was a shift for me today while praying. Usually I think of my morning practice of contemplative, silent prayer as sitting in God’s loving presence.  I’m here and God is there, […]

Psalm 82 (Psalms on the Trail)

(Tiny wood sorrel in the spring) “How long will you judge unjustly, and show favor to the wicked? Save the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy. Rescue the weak and poor.”  Psalm 82:2-4a According to the psalmist, this is the question and command that God asks of us.  It has been a […]

Psalm 81 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Sing with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and sound of the timbrel, the merry harp and the lyre. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, even at the time appointed, on our solemn feast day; for this is a statute for Israel, a […]

Psalm 80 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Restore us, O God; let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved.” Psalm 80:3 Reflection:  It may seem strange to turn to this psalm on the day after Easter. Yes, I know, it was the next one on the list.  But it sounds penitential and pleading to me, like it is unfinished […]

Christ is Risen (Psalms on the Trail)

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain, wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; loves lives again, that with the dead has been; love is come again like wheat arising green. In the grave they laid him, love by hatred slain, thinking that he would never wake again, laid in the […]

Holy Week (Psalms on the Trail)

For the eight days of Holy Week, Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, I will not be blogging.   We will continue with Psalm 80 on Monday, March 28. Even though I won’t be posting on the Psalms this week, psalms are still an important part of the Holy Week observance.  So here are some suggestions […]

Psalm 79 (Psalms on the Trail)

For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; we will give you thanks forever and show forth your praise from age to age.  Psalm 79:13 Yes, these ponies are certainly not the sheep the psalmist was talking about.  These lovely animals are technically feral ponies whose ancestors several hundred years ago were […]

Psalm 78 (Psalms on the Trail)

They spoke against God and said, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? Even though God struck the rock so that torrents flowed out and waters overflowed, can God also give bread or provide meat for God’s people?”  Psalm 78:19,20 A hiker in the eastern U.S. can usually count on encountering water somewhere on […]

Psalm 77 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Your way was though the sea, your path, through the mighty waters; yet your footprints were unseen.” Psalm 77:19 Reflection:   On the AT  I was very cognizant of where I placed my feet much of the time.  Rocks can be slick, uneven or unstable.  Roots can trip.  Sharp slopes can slide.  High cliff edges […]

Psalm 76 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Make a vow to the Lord your God and keep it; let all bring gifts to the one who is awesome.”  Psalm 76:11 This verse makes me think of the biggest  vows I have made in my life.  I made a vow to my husband when we were married.  I made a vow with him […]