The Last Psalm
Dear friends of Ed,
Please know of the deep gratitude of Ed's family—and my own—for all the wonderful responses that have been posted here or expressed in myriad ways through calls, letters, cards, and being present to the experiences of these past weeks.
From the initial emergency, through the week in hospice of slowly and peacefully letting go, to the memorializing of the life and death of this truly extraordinary man, it has been a journey of profound amazing grace.
On the back of Ed’s memorial card was printed the last entry from his book “Psalms for Zero Gravity.” It was not only superbly and joyously fitting for him personally…but was also appropriately titled The Last Psalm.
Praise God everywhere on Earth and in space.
All creation wildly applaud the Almighty One.
Praise God to the outermost edges
of the universe and beyond.
Praise God, all you supernovas and supermarkets,
all you mosques and marketplaces,
all you cathedrals and cabarets,
all you temples and tennis courts.
Praise God with resounding cymbals,
and with crashing markets.
Praise God, you powerful majestic pipe organs
and you New Orleans jazz bands.
Praise God, you circus carousel calliopes,
and all you castanet-clicking gypsy caravans.
Praise God, all you with dancing feet,
and all you with walkers and canes.
Praise our Great God of Ten Thousand Names.
Praise God, all you holy saints in heaven.
Praise God, all you haloless saints on Earth.
Let everything that lives on the Earth
and in the oceans and seas, and in the sea of space,
praise the Life that is and was and shall ever be.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!