Improv on Psalm 121 for Mountain Top Removal Mining

I am currently at General Synod the national meeting of the United Church of Christ in the United States in Long Beach. We are randomly assigned to committees that handle resolutions and I was assigned to a resolution on Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in Appalachia. As I have researched in advance of that I wrote this improvisation on one of my favorite psalms.

We will lift up our eyes to the mountains
for they need our help.
Their help comes from God
who made stream and forest,

and their help comes from us.

We will not suffer their peaks
to be exploded for coal
We will not slumber while overburden
is cast into their valleys.

Stewards will not slumber
while topsoil is stripped
nor sleep while the habitat of children
and wildlife is destroyed.

God has made us keepers
of creation and community.

God blows the wind for clean energy
and we create jobs that harness it.

The air will not be polluted by day
nor waterways poisoned by night.

We will preserve Appalachia
from the devastation of its culture,
and its foothills from flood.

And God will keep these mountains
in their birdsong dawn
until the sunset of bear and fox,
from this time forth and forevermore.

Appalachian Mountains

Appalachian Mountains

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5 Responses to Improv on Psalm 121 for Mountain Top Removal Mining

  1. Oh, would that it were so! May our awareness come soon enough for us to cherish the living earth.

  2. dabar96 says:

    And let all God’s creatures cry, “Amen!”

  3. Kris Firth says:

    Thanks, Maren. Those ancient mountains deserve our best stewardship, not rape and plunder.

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