Archives for April 2016

Psalm 93 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The waters have lifted up, O Lord,  the waters have lifted up their voice; the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.    Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea, mightier is the Lord who dwells on high.”  Psalm 93:3-4 Here is a song by Nichole Nordeman that I listened […]

Psalm 92 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and spread abroad like the cedar of Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord  shall flourish in the courts of our God; they shall still bear fruit in old age, they shall be green and succulent; that they may show how upright the […]

Psalm 91 (Psalms on the Trail)

You who abide in the shelter of the Most High,  who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.”  Psalm 91:1-2 This is one of my favorite photos of Chester.  After a long day of walking the C&O, he looks […]

Psalm 90 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 The psalmist realizes that life is short, his people’s situation is dismal, therefore the everlasting God should do something about it because there is not much time left.  But in spite of my rather flippant summary, this psalm has […]

Psalm 89 (Psalms on the Trail)

“For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is established forever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.”  Psalm 89:2 Reflection:  There is something that makes me catch my breath when I see a great blue heron in flight. Its freedom perhaps.  The graceful line of its body.  The slow, powerful push and […]

Psalm 88 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Will your wonders be known in the dark, or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?”  Psalm 88:12 I recently read Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark. ”  She challenges the prevalent metaphor that light is “good” and dark is “bad.”  As part of her exploring “darkness” she spent […]

Psalm 87 (Psalms on the Trail)

  On this holy mountain stands the city God has founded…. The singers and the dancers will say,  “All my fresh springs are in you.”   Psalm 87:1,7 This photo, taken by my husband, is of Laurel Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA.  The Appalachian Trail runs along this ridge of South Mountain. […]

Psalm 86 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.”   Psalm 86:11 I live with a divided heart.  I say one thing and do another.  I want God to be the priority but then waste time paying heed to human approval.  I […]

Psalm 85 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Steadfast love and faithfulness have met each other; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”  Psalm 85:10 There is a love affair going on between steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness (also known as justice) and peace…a love affair that exists in God’s presence.  Hopefully these are found in some measure in our most intimate love and […]

Psalm 84 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who are pilgrims with hearts on a journey to you.” Psalm 84: 5  When I was preparing to do the Virginia AT,  I was drawn to the unique way this verse was translated by Sons of Korah on their album “Rain.”  I listened to this recording over […]