Psalm 56 (Psalms on the Trail)

My enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  Psalm 56:2 The lizard makes it look so easy.  As do the young jocks that just dig in their fingers and pull themselves up rock faces before quickly disappearing […]

Psalm 18 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 18:1  I notice that the psalmist describes the Lord as “my rock” twice in one sentence, so I’ll assume this repetition was deliberate.  It could be that the […]

Psalm 16 (Psalms for the Trail)

  “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.”  Psalm 16:6 Reflection:  I grew up in Virginia, grew up hiking in the mountains, grew up discovering rattlesnakes and wild turkeys, rhododendron thickets and rocky outcrops gazing over meadows below.  I also grew up discovering books and writing and […]

Psalm 15 (Psalms on the Trail)

“O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell in your holy hill?”  Psalm 15:1  Reflection: My husband warned me that posting a psalm meditation everyday would be hard.  I’m two weeks into it now.  He is right.  It is hard to abide in the task we think God has given us to […]

Psalm 12 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure.” Psalm 12:6 These trillium faithfully return to a ridge in northern Virginia every May where they blanket the forest floor in vast numbers.  For that reason, photographers are drawn to this spot every year, never doubting the promise of their return.  But sometimes promises are hard […]

Psalm 10 (Psalms on the Trail)

    “But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands; the helpless commit themselves to you.” Psalm 10:14 Reflection:  It’s raining outside this morning.  Looking at this photo, I am reminded of thunderstorms I encountered while hiking, times when I felt helpless.  The only thing I […]

Psalm 9 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”   Psalm 9:2 Reflection: It was mid to late April in the bottom land along the Potomac River under towering sycamores, white barked and bare.  Carpets of Virginia bluebells mixed with white wildflowers (please tell me their name) made […]

Psalm 8 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!   You have set your glory above the heavens.”   Psalm 8:1 Reflection:  For long stretches on the AT one can walk through a “green tunnel” and not be able to notice what is going on in the sky above.  More […]

Psalm 7 (Psalms on the Trail)

God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10 Reflection:  Believe it or not, I am nervous around heights, so sometimes I am puzzled by my fascination with hiking mountains.  On any kind of cliff or outcropping I prefer a good yard or more from the edge, or sitting down, or holding […]

Psalm 6 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with weeping.” Psalm 6:6 Words like “weary,” “flood,” and “drench” came to mind on this rainy day of walking beside the Potomac river, swollen with the spring downpours.  Other words like “cold” and “damp” and “hot […]