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 […]

Psalm 140 (Psalms on the Trail)

“The proud have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; along the road they have set snares for me. I say to the Lord, “You are my God; give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.” Psalm 140:5-6 Often on the morning trail there is the occasional […]

Psalm 139 (Psalms on the Trail)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:1-2 I am not sure which psalm is my favorite.  It depends on the day I suppose.  But Psalm 139 is certainly in my final top three.  Before I […]

Psalm 138 (Psalms on the Trail)

“You will fulfill your purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.”  Psalm 138:8 I use to think God had a plan for my life, and it was my job to figure it out.  I wasn’t too sure about what would happen if I veered too far in the wrong direction.  Would I […]

Psalm 137 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs…. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?”   Psalm 137:1-3a,4 Tears are sometimes the only response we can […]

Psalm 136 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Give thanks to the Lord of Lords, for God’s mercy endures forever;  who alone does great wonders, for God’s mercy endures forever,  who brought out Israel from Egypt’s midst, for God’s mercy endures forever,  who  divided the Red Sea in two, for God’s mercy endures forever; and made Israel to pass through the middle, for […]

Psalm 135 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good, sing to God’s name, for God is gracious. For the Lord has chosen Jacob, Israel for the Lord’s own possession.” Psalm 135:3-4 From knowing God as creator,  I might infer God’s power and gentleness,  interest in both large and minuscule beauty,  delight in patterns and chaos.  Still, […]

Psalm 134 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord.”   Psalm 134:1-2 The Orlando murders and the rampant hate targeting a community of color, of those who identify as LGBTQ, and of […]