Archives for April 2016

Psalm 113 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high, but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth? The Lord takes up the weak out of the dust.” Psalm 113:5-7 On islands in British Columbia we could wander for hours, stooping to pick up shells, stones, sea-smoothed wood, bits and pieces of this […]

Psalm 112 (Psalms on the Trail)

“It is well with those who deal generously and lend.” Psalm 112:5 This isn’t my story, but I heard Shane Claiborne  ( speak at a synod event a few weeks ago.  He once traveled with other community leaders to volunteer and work with Mother Teresa in India for a time.  Shane was working with children. […]

Psalm 111 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Reverence for you, O Holy One, is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all who practice it.” Psalm 111:10  This verse is usually translated “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  I get it.  One who can make the explosive and incredibly detailed universe must be terrifying.  But I am […]

Psalm 110 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; In the beauty of holiness I have begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning.” Psalm 110:3 Reflection:  The fragrance of these wild azalea covered with dew was breath-taking (pun intended)!  So are this psalmist’s words. A poet of ancient Israel blesses […]

Psalm 109 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O God of my praise, do not be silent!”  Psalm 109:1 “Silence is frightening, an intimation of the end, the graveyard of fixed identities. Real silence puts any present understanding to shame; orphans us from certainty; leads us beyond the well-known and accepted reality and confronts us with the unknown and previously unacceptable conversation about […]

Psalm 108 (Psalms on the Trail)

“For your steadfast love is greater than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”  Psalm 108:4 Reflection:  This psalm is a bit of a strange one in that it has borrowed chunks from two other psalms— Psalm 57 and Psalm 60.  So if it sounds familiar, it is. No matter.  The repetition gives […]

Psalm 107 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Then in their trouble they cried to the Lord, and God delivered them from their distress.”   Psalm 107: 6 (13,19,28) There was a turning point on the D.C. to Pittsburgh walk: crossing the eastern continental divide. Were it not for the sign, one wouldn’t be able to tell.  The eastern continental divide marks the […]

Psalm 106 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Then they refused the pleasant land and would not believe your promise. They grumbled in their tents and would not obey the voice of the Lord.” Psalm 106: 24-25 This seal was not paying a whit of attention to my approaching husband holding a camera. Its home is the sea, but at the moment it […]

Psalm 105 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Seek the Lord and his strength; Seek God’s presence continually. Remember the wonderful works God has done…God opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river.”   Psalm 105:4-5, 41 In our congregation,  I have been preaching from the stories in Acts this Easter season, adding an extra bit of story here […]

Psalm 104 (Psalms on the Trail)

“All look to you to give them food in due season. You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.”  Psalm 104:27-28 Oh, how I love this whole psalm and have had a hard time choosing a verse (or two)…. Since I must choose, the […]