Archives for March 2016

Psalm 75 (Psalms on the Trail)

We give you thanks, O God.   We give you thanks, calling upon your name and declaring all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 75:1  Or an alternative offered by Nan C. Merrill in the paraphrase “Psalms for Praying:” We give thanks to You, O Beloved,      we give thanks;   We call upon your name […]

Psalm 74 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Do not forget the soul of your dove to the wild animals.   Do not forget the life of your poor for ever.”  Psalm 74:19 Reflection:  I do not know what kind of bird this is; certainly not the psalmist’s dove, but, after checking with a bird book,  perhaps a rock wren.  I walked this […]

Psalm 73 (Psalms on the Trail)

Whom have I in heaven but you?    And earth has nothing I desire  besides you.   Psalm 73:25 Reflection:  My hiking buddy and I hopscotched vehicles so we wouldn’t have to hitchhike to get into town to clean up.   While I would be driving, I rarely listened to the news.  Most often it […]

Psalm 72 (Psalms on the Trail)

In the king’s time may the just flourish; and let there be an abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more. Psalm 72: 7 Reflection:  This is not so much a reflection of faith, but only that of an earthling.  I notice that the moon offers perspective for life on earth, even for […]

Psalm 71 (Psalms on the Trail)

Now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me,  till I make known your strength to this generation and  your power to all who are to come.  Psalm 71:18 Reflection:  With the shifts in our culture, there are fewer parents who bring their children to worship on Sunday mornings.   I have noticed, however, a trend […]

Psalm 70 (Psalms on the Trail)

Let those who love your salvation, say evermore, “God is great!”  Psalm 70:4 Reflection:  The best way to discover Mayapple blossoms is to get down on one’s knees. The flowers go unnoticed under big umbrella leaves.  I will say more but…. This past week I presided at a funeral of a man who lived to […]

Psalm 69 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O God, you know my pretenses, and my faults are not hidden from you. Let those who search for you not use me as a guide.”   Psalm 69: 5-6 Reflection:  By now many of you know the importance of the white blaze.  It is the dependable guide on the Appalachian Trail.  Follow it and […]

Psalm 68 (Psalms on the Trail)

Let God arise, and let God’s enemies be scattered.  Psalm 68:1 Oh, this morning I was all worked up.  I felt like I had so much to do and not enough time to do it in. So what’s new, you ask.  But I asked: How can I be a worship leader and a congregational redeveloper […]

Psalm 67 (Psalms on the Trail)

May God give us blessing, and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe. Psalm 67:7 Reflection:  Enough talking and writing! The psalms are supposed to be sung as well as prayed.  The music of a group called the Sons of Korah traveled with me on the trail during times in the car. […]

Psalm 66 (Psalms on the Trail)

  Come now and see the works of  God, how awesome are God’s deeds toward all people. Psalm 66:5 Reflection:  This photo is not from the trail, obviously, but it is the gathering place of the people who sent me out on the trail both times.  Once a week throughout the year, a dozen or […]