Psalm 74 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Do not forget the soul of your dove to the wild animals.   Do not forget the life of your poor for ever.”  Psalm 74:19 Reflection:  I do not know what kind of bird this is; certainly not the psalmist’s dove, but, after checking with a bird book,  perhaps a rock wren.  I walked this […]

Psalm 53 (Psalms on the Trail)

“Have they no knowledge, those evildoers who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon God?” Psalm 53:4 Reflection:  The Great Allegheny Passage is a rail trail from Cumberland, Maryland, (where the C&O Canal trail from D.C. ends) to Pittsburgh.  For its first 20 miles it runs beside tracks that take tourists […]

Psalm 11 (Psalms on the Trail)

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains’? Psalm 11:1 Reflection:  These lovely creatures are gathering moisture from a dirt road that crosses the AT.  They are vulnerable, not much interested in fleeing from predators, jeeps and inattentive backpackers, because they have more important […]