All Creatures Great and Small

Always on Easter I think of that lovely song, “Maker of Heaven and Earth (All Things Bright and Beautiful)” by Cecil Francis Alexander:

“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;–

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.”

How lucky are we to live in all this incredible beauty and magnificence! On this Easter morning, I am grateful for all the people and animals who have been in my life, are in my life, and who will be in my life.

Especially in this time of Spring (even with the steadily melting snow!) when we can’t see the buds slowly opening, nor the flowers slowly inching up through the dirt, we know that, despite all appearances, Spring is here.

The turtles and frogs in the pond, dug deep in the mud all winter long, are beginning to stir and think about leaving their muddy beds to come up through the water. Ducks and red-winged black birds and blue herons are starting to arrive, and the air is filled with their chatter.

Hope is everywhere. Bless all of us creatures, great and small.


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