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Hymns of Thanksgiving 7: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Hymns of Thanksgiving Day 7: All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

(Cecil F. Alexander, 1848)

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

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains,
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,
To 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.

I love nature. In fact, one of my favorite daily habits is walking our little Jack Russell terrier, Milo, to the gated boat dock tucked away in the protected woods that surround Lake Norman. Because the area is residential, and therefore protected, wild creatures abound. Each day I’m blessed with sightings of deer, blue herons, ducks, chipmunks, squirrels and various birds, and once, a coyote. 

On these walks along the docks, I rarely meet another person in the fall and winter seasons. I love that, because I walk around and speak out loud—not only to the nature around me, but to my Creator God. These are sweet moments when I truly appreciate the beauty of my surroundings and the meticulous care of an imaginative and creative Heavenly Father. 

This beautiful hymn reminds us of the beauty of nature. God placed us in a world brimming with life and the dazzling splendor of creation. Colors and sounds. Smells and sights. They all attest to a design that loudly proclaims the name of our God. Simply sitting outside and reflecting on the beauty and order of creation, one would be hard-pressed to not believe in a perfect and holy Creator.

May you enjoy the beautiful lyrics of this hymn today, and find time to notice the intricacies of the world around you. Creation, although spoiled by sin, still has a loud voice. May you enjoy the blessings of nature and lift your voice in thanksgiving to the God who made it all.

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