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

‘God saw that it was good.’ That’s the refrain in Genesis 1. He created and then stepped back to admire His own creation. He was pleased with whatever He had created. There was nothing that was bad, evil or ugly.

That’s how He sees us – spotless, blameless, pure and holy.

That was our original design. When Adam fell, the system was contaminated with the knowledge of evil. Man lost the capacity to see good in all things. He began to see the good and evil in everything.

Duality reigned and everything started to rot and decay. The corruption in man’s heart spilled over and touched all creation.

Man started redefining things. A ‘day’ was no longer just a day. It was either a ‘good day’ or a ‘bad day.’ The shimmering beauty of the night sky didn’t captivate his heart, stars were either auspicious or ominous.

All things bright and beautiful were now stamped with a seal called “sinful, commonplace, ugly and evil.” After eating the fruit, man became suspicious of the food on his table.  Some herbs ‘healed,’ the others ‘poisoned.’

That’s how man started speaking death into all things.

God spoke and life reigned. Fallen man spoke and death invaded the territories of man. Creation responded to the voice of the man who was created in the image of God. By the power of his tongue man started giving away his inheritance.

Death lapped up every offer and happily settled down in man’s planet. He was delighted to find that he could rest everywhere.

I guess that’s why Jesus would have said,  “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58)

Yes, how could Life rest when death stalked the planet? 

Creation wasted away in the presence of men who couldn’t speak life. It longed to put on its original identity. It longed to be called ‘good, spotless, holy and beautiful.’

Just one man was needed to see things differently. But no one was available. For all of mankind suffered from spiritual blindness.

Therefore God sent Jesus, the original superman to restore the vision of man. He came to open our eyes to see God, the Father, who is for us and not against us.

He came so that we, the sons of God, would arise and speak life into all creation.

No wonder all of creation is eagerly waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Rom 8:22)

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

  1. Each little flow’r that opens,
    Each little bird that sings,
    He made their glowing colors,
    He 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,
    He made them every one.
  4. The tall trees in the greenwood,
    The meadows where we play,
    The rushes by the water,
    To gather every day.
  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.


Cecil F. Alexander, pub.1848

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