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 […]

Psalm 133 (Psalms on the Trail)

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard….” Psalm 133:1-2 I have two brothers, both of whom I admire deeply and love very much. But my youngest brother, in particular, and I have been at very […]

Psalm 132 (Psalms on the Trail)

Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured; how he swore an oath to the Lord, and vowed a vow to the Mighty one of Jacob: “I will not come under the roof of my house, nor climb up into my bed; I will not allow my eyes to sleep, nor let my eyelids slumber until […]

Psalm 131 (Psalms on the Trail)

The rock crevice above is on the AT in New Jersey and is called the Lemon Squeeze.  I descended through it last week where at the top the backpack had to come off in order to fit through.  Notice I’m smiling.  But there were many other rocks not so fun.  In fact, there was this […]

Psalm 130 (Psalms on the Trail)

  “My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who keep watch for the morning.” Psalm 130:6 My experience of keeping watch for the morning happens on the trail.  After a hard day of backpacking, I am in the tent by dusk, body aching, exhausted and soon sink into sleep. But often around 3:30 […]

Psalm 129 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, but they have not prevailed against me…. The Lord, the Righteous One, has cut the cords of the wicked.”  Psalm 129:2,4 This psalm is not a blessing like yesterday’s psalm.  In fact Psalm 129 begs people not to give any blessing to the oppressor.  Why?  The psalmist […]

Psalm 128 (Psalms on the Trail)

“May God bless your from Zion, and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.”   Psalm 128:5 Often on the trail this past week I would stop and talk a minute with those who passed by.  “Safe journey”  would be the short blessing as we headed off in opposite […]

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, […]