Twenty-third Psalm for Earth Day

God makes all of us — shepherds,
stewards, gardeners,
so none of God’s children
or creatures need be in want.

God gives us lying down places
of green pasture,
rainforest, delta, desert,
high mountain, deep canyon,
and paths by arroyo, deep river,
waterfall, ocean shore,
and these restore our souls.

Creator, G’zhem-mnidoo
leads us to care for all
for the sake of the Holy Name,
and the given earth.

Though we pass
chemically poisoned fields,
over-fished seas,
the violence of fracking,
mountaintop removal coal mining,
even the valley of extinction,
we will not fear.

God sets for us a global table —
in spite of corporate influence,
money, political power,
anointing us with community,
teaching us to make wells overflowing.

Surely we follow
with committed people
people of goodness and mercy,
and we shall dwell
in a house with those who have gone before –
Chico Mendes, Dian Fossey,
Prajob Nao-opas, Karel Van Noppen,
Jairo Mora Sandoval, and more.

Yes, we shall dwell in
God’s house –
the house of the Good Shepherd —
forevermore.

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7 Responses to Twenty-third Psalm for Earth Day

  1. rezrevres says:

    I was reading your words “Though we pass chemically poisoned fields, over-fished seas, the violence of fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining, even the valley of extinction, we will not fear.” and thinking of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation on the banks of the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario. Completely surrounded on three sides by all the major refineries of “Chemical Valley”, on land taken by nefarious means from the Reserve, it has truly become a “valley of extinction” with some of the highest rates for birth defects. Thank you Maren, for your Earth Day improv on the 23rd Psalm, which I’ll share with others on Aamjiwnaang.

  2. Maren says:

    I am much honored that you will share it and my eyes fill with tears at the stolen poisoned land. My father’s people are from Appalachia where the mountain top removal slurry in ground water is creating the same situation of birth defects. Death in their homes and the skills at mining no longer needed so out of work whole valleys that have been self-sustaining for centuries are dying. Change will come when we can all weep for one another.

  3. claire says:

    Excellent! Best “world day” post I’ve seen so far. That says it all.

  4. claire says:

    Reblogged this on love to read, love to write! and commented:
    Excellent Earth day post

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