Archives for May 2016

Playing on the Trail (Psalms on the Trail)

These surprised beauties in my garden are doing what flowers should be doing at night—resting from all the photosynthesis and pollination that goes on during the day. And I am resting too.  I am taking two weeks off, mostly for vacation.  This time I will be backpacking on the AT in New Jersey and New […]

Psalm 127 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Unless the Lord builds the house, their labor is in vain who build it…. It is vain to rise early and go to bed so late; vain, too, to eat the bread of toil; for you, Lord, give sleep to your beloved.”  Psalm 127:1-2 One never knows what kind of houses one might find on the trail. This, I think, […]

Psalm 126 (Psalms on the Trail)

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then we were like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nation, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.” […]

Psalm 125 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The mountains surround Jerusalem; so you surround your people, O Lord, from this time forth forevermore.”  Psalm 125: 2 There was once a time when I felt surrounded by mountains and snow and waterfowl flying into the Rio Grande. Most of all I sensed being surrounded by creatures enveloped in God’s presence.  I had no camera (the photo […]

Psalm 124 (Psalms on the Trail)

“We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler, the snare is broken and we have escaped.  Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 124:7-8 To be set free is a beautiful thing.  To watch as another is being set free is profound. […]

Psalm 123 (Psalms on the Trail)

“So our eyes look to you, O Lord our God, until you show mercy. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, for we have had more than enough…” Psalm 123:2-3 Did you know that there is an eye at the end of each antenna on this land snail?  The snail can move its antennae […]

Psalm 122 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us to go to house of the Lord!’” Psalm 122:1 The psalmist was glad to be on his way, a pilgrimage of sorts, to the Temple in Jerusalem which was built on a hill.  Likewise the church in this photo is on a hill in Harper’s […]

Psalm 121 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”  Psalm 121:8 I love this psalm.  I have it memorized for those times when I see the trail winding uphill and I groan.  “I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?” […]

Psalm 120 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Too long have I had to live among the enemies of peace. I am on the side of peace, but when I speak of it, they are for war.”  Psalm 120: 6,7 Today I offer a poem by Jan Richardson posted on her blog “The Painted Prayerbook.”  I am sure the psalmist of the words […]

Psalm 119 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Your statues have been my songs wherever I make my home. I remember your name in the night, O Lord.”  Psalm 119: 54-55 It’s hard to sleep through the night on the trail.  It’snot like home. Doesn’t matter how dead tired I am.  I try to roll over on the thin air mattress and it […]