Gulls' Orison. Photography & Text by Keith R Wahl

January 19, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Gulls' Orison

Gulls' Orison 13 20240113 850_8856_displayGulls' Orison 13 20240113 850_8856_displayGulls flying above the winter storm waves at Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island

An orison is an old-fashioned word for a prayer, especially one that is part of a religious service. The word comes from the Latin oratio, meaning “speech” or “oration”

A psalmist is someone who writes or sings psalms, which are sacred songs or poems that praise. The most famous psalmist in the Bible is King David, who composed many of the psalms in the Book of Psalms

One of the themes of the psalms is the appreciation of creation and the wonder of nature. The psalmist often uses imagery of the sky, the sea, the mountains, the animals, and the plants to express his awe and gratitude. For example, Psalm 104. In this psalm, the psalmist describes the beauty and diversity of God’s creation, and how everything depends on God for life and sustenance. He also expresses his joy and delight in praising with his music and his thoughts.

One of the images that the psalmist uses is that of the birds, especially the gulls, that fly above the waves near the surface of the water. These images convey a sense of freedom, grace, and harmony, as the birds soar in the air and glide on the water. The gulls also symbolize the connection between the heaven and the earth, as they move between the two realms. The psalmist may have seen the gulls as messengers of God, or as reminders of God’s presence and power

Here are some photos of gulls flying above waves near the surface of the water, that potentially illustrate a psalmist’s view:

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These photos show the beauty and majesty of creation, and the wonder and joy that the psalmist felt when he observed it. They also inspire us to praise, and to appreciate the gifts that are given to us. And in a day way lamentations abound, perhaps it is also good to give praise to what we have as well. This is a topic that I will be exploring more in photos and words. 

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