Psalm 5 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house; I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.” Psalm 5:7 Because I have walked too closely to flooded rivers, and because I have hunkered down too high on ridges during thunderstorms, I am aware of creation’s terrifying power […]

Psalm 4 (Psalms on the Trail)

“I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”  Psalm 4:8   My reflection on this verse: When my dog, Chester, and I hiked the C&O Canal trail,  we could go for miles with few places to sit.  If we stepped off the narrow […]

Psalm 3 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3 Reflection: Early spring is the season for Jack-in-the-pulpits.  They are so well camouflaged by ground leaf cover and their own leaves,  that I rarely spotted one unless I was sitting down and being still.  Then […]

Psalm 2 (Psalms on the Trail)

I will tell of the decree of the Lord who said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.” Psalm 2:7   This psalm was likely written for the coronation of a king, presumably one whom God had chosen for Israel.  But what of us?  What can it say to us?  Through […]

Psalm 1 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “They are like trees planted by streams of living water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.   In all that they do, they prosper.”  Psalm 1:3   Reflection: I don’t mind thinking of myself as a tree.  I am rather fond of the way the wind sings through […]

Psalms on the Trail

A new year is an opportunity for new things.  Beginning on New Year’s Day I will post a daily psalm verse along with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.   The verse for January 1 will come from Psalm 1, the verse for January 2 from Psalm 2, etc. […]


I’ve been thinking a lot about generosity: noticing how hard it can be to find an abundance of it in our culture, wondering why it is so hard to be generous, wishing I were a more generous person, knowing I can have a hard time accepting generosity. I don’t think hikers on the Appalachian Trail […]

The five (make it six) texts

While I was on the trail, I read a book that a friend had given me before I left,  “Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice ” by Belden C. Lane (Oxford University Press, 2015). Wait.  I did NOT carry the hardback, weighty item in my backpack.  I did, however, keep it in […]

The power of a tent

I am following a Facebook public group (“The Psalms in 184 Days”) that is reading through the  Psalms at the average of about one per day.  Having gone through the Psalms three times on sabbatical, I thought that participation with this group would help me stay engaged with the psalms now that I am back […]

Practicing the Small Stuff

Ordinary. Common. Unremarkable. A weed that I pull up from my garden bed. True, I don’t often see white violets like this, but its cousins—the blue, purple, lavender, and yellow violets —are so abundant that I hardly noticed them when hiking on a spring day. I did read, however, that there are more than 400 […]