Psalm 150 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah!”  Psalm 150:6     At the conclusion of the 500+ miles of walking the Appalachian Trail down the spine of  Virginia, I also concluded the third round of praying through the book of Psalms.  The very last verse of the very last psalm reads, “Let everything that […]

Psalm 149 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song, God’s praise in the assembly of the faithful.” Psalm 149:1 I prepared my small part, a few words of gospel and a communion prayer of thanksgiving, for the funeral of my brother in Christ, a member of our congregation, and an outstanding organist and choir director.  Chuck […]

Psalm 148 (Psalms on the Trail)

…Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps; fire and hail, snow and fog, tempestuous wind, doing God’s will; mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds; sovereigns of the earth and all peoples….Psalm 148: 7-11 I am such a […]

Psalm 147 (Psalms on the Trail)

God builds up…God gathers….God heals the broken-hearted….God binds up wounds….God gives to all names….God’s understandings are beyond measure….God lifts up….Psalm 147 Surely it doesn’t surprise you that sometimes I have a really bad day.  Some of those tough days were on the trail.  Some were at home.  The reason I know it doesn’t surprise you […]

Psalm 146 (Psalms on the Trail)

Put not your trust in rulers, in mortals in whom there is no help…. Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help, whose hope is in the Lord their God…. who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger. The Lord sets the captive free… Psalm […]

Psalm 145 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “The eyes  of all wait upon you, O Lord, and you give them their food in due season.” Psalm 145:15   The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord.  On the trail eyes wait for food.  On this nation’s city streets, on this day and yesterday and how many thousands of days before, […]

Psalm 144 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them, or mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath, their days are a passing shadow.” Psalm 144:3-4 There is a worldview that perceives our life here as concrete and physically tangible, while whatever “after-life” there is will be something rather nebulous, maybe […]

Psalm 143 (Psalms on the Trail)

I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands.” Psalm 143:5 (KJV) This yellow lady slipper is a joy to “muse on.”  I passed it in the Shenandoah National Park along the Appalachian Trail on a cloudy day. It is part of the orchid family.  The large yellow sac is […]

Psalm 142 (Psalms on the Trail)

“When my spirit is faint, you show me the way.” Psalm 142:3 I know I’ve mentioned it several times over the last few weeks, but there were situations of boulder climbing or wet rock treading while on  the New Jersey and New York trail where I wasn’t sure I was going to get up or […]

Psalm 141 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2  Not far from my home, the Appalachian Trail skirts a corner of this lake.  There’s a bench here.  When I sit down and see mist rising, I think of this verse: “Let my prayer rise […]