Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Continuing my Camera theme of yesterday, I’ve posted a selection of photos on the subject of ‘Creatures’.
They made me think of a hymn written by Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander who wrote at least 400 hymns related to various biblical themes. Her ‘Hymns for Little Children’, published in 1848 contained the well known children’s hymn, ‘All things bright and beautiful.’
In this day and age, some people may consider the words of the hymn are nothing more than sentiment; on the other hand when the content is examined, it teaches the sovereignty of a mighty God. The Creator God is portrayed as one who is full of wisdom, a God who orders and sustains His creation. He sets a place and time for everything and nothing is too small to escape His attention. He is a caring God with colour vision who provides his creatures with all they need - One who makes things well.
When we know and believe these things, there’s a brightness and joy in living. The very colours we see are that much brighter when we know the One who created them and why. There’s majesty in His creation; the purple-headed mountains are one expression of his Being.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.
1. Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colours,
And made their tiny wings.
2. The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
3. The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden:
God made them every one.
4. God gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Text for the Day
Luke 19:39, 40 ‘And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander