Psalm 148 —

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, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!  Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  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!


from Kenny Hardway, First Christian Church, Wheeling

‘Tis the Season’, as they say, and for Christians there is no other season greater than the Season of Christmas.  It is said of St. Francis of Assisi that he regarded the good news of Christmas so much that even if there weren’t a Resurrection, Incarnation is enough for God’s Creation to rejoice.  And so this Psalm is calling us to do—rejoice, all of creation, for the LORD has come!

The birth of Christ changes everything!  No longer is world to be rejected, for God embraced it.  No longer are we to be against one another, man or women, rich or poor, prince or pauper, humanity and animal and the rest of creation.  No!  For with the Incarnation God embraced the world in an all-inclusive act of love that shook the cosmos.  We are one.  The universe is one.  Brothers and sisters with all of creation, joined together with God.

“Be praised, my LORD, through my Brother Sun…Sister Moon… Brothers Wind and Air…Sister Water…Brother Fire…

Mother Earth…Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks, and serve him with great humility.”

 (St. Francis of Assisi from his Canticle of the Creatures)