Summer’s Beauty!

Hooray for Summer! Time to visit family, explore beaches, hike mountain trails, join in a service project, or just relax around the swimming pool (if we are lucky!) God created this glorious beauty in the world for us to experience everyday. Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The following hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful” written in 1848 by Cecil F. Alexander expresses the wonder of our beautiful earth.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Verse 1
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
Verse 2
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.
Verse 3
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
Verse 4
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows for our play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.
Verse 5
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Lord, Thank you for the beauty that we see all around us. Help us to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Amen.

Pam Jackson, Knoxville, TN

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