By Laurel Dykstra
The first Sunday after Christmas with the annual reading of Psalm 148, marks Wild Lectionary’s first anniversary: 51 blog posts, from diverse watersheds, reflecting on land, creation and indigenous justice themes from the readings of the Revised Common Lectionary.
As watershed disciples in different bioregions seek to follow the biblical command to love our neighbours, we begin with the spiritual discipline of coming to know our neighbours—the species of our local watersheds. Depending where we live, the psalmist’s hymn of all creation praising its maker looks different with a very specific chorus of fruit trees, wild animals, creeping things and flying birds.
Salal + Cedar community offers a photo essay on the psalm, reflecting our experiences where the Fraser river meets the Salish Sea and focused especially on our resistance to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project that runs through unceded indigenous territory.
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,
148:8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!
148:9 Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
148:10 Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike, old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!
Wild Lectionary is curated by Laurel Dykstra, gathering priest of Salal + Cedar, Coast Salish Territory.
Photo Credits: Charlotte Watson, Laurel Dykstra, Camp Cloud.