Psalm 126 (Psalms on the Trail)

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then we were like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nation, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.” […]

Psalm 38 (Psalms on the Trail)

    “For in you, O Lord, have I fixed my hope;  you will answer me, O Lord my God.” Psalm 38:15 Reflection:  Nothing is going well for this psalmist.  He has gotten himself into trouble and is overwhelmed by remorse.  Relationships have fallen apart.  Friends and neighbors have distanced themselves.  Others, going too far, […]

Psalm 14 (Psalms on the Trail)

“When the Lord restores the fortunes of the people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad”  Psalm 14:7 Reflection: I love the Church.  Sometimes as an institution it has been awkward, foolish, hurtful, and abusive.  I have suffered because of it.  Sometimes it has lost its way and forgotten its purpose.  I have gotten caught […]