All Creatures of our God and King! Indeed!

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I recently returned from a wonderful two week canoe trip to Lac la Ronge, Canada.  This high adventure outing is sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 199 which chartered through St. John’s, Wash Park.

On this adventure I was able to bask in the grandeur of God’s creation!  Every morning I was able to worship the Creator of the eagles and pelicans!  At the end of this blog I will share several photos of the adventure.

The early morning routine for me was to make the fire, prepare the coffee, boil water for cooking and to have time to mediate and fish (simultaneously!).  My thoughts often went to that great song:  All Creatures of Our God and King.  This song is credited to the nature lover St. Francis of Assisi.   What a blessing it was to pray, praise, and give thanks in the midst of God’s awesome beauty!

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is one of Christendom’s most beloved historical figures. He is remembered as a gentle and compassionate man who was a lover of nature and animals; and as a lover of the Truth that teaches believers to respect not just their fellow humans, but all of God’s creatures.

The humble, devout monk would often be found praying wherever there were trees, fields, open sky, and his friends the animals. He believed that to love God was to love all His creatures, and that, “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal like wise with their fellow men.”

Brother Francis loved music. He encouraged singing in his monastery and wrote more than 60 hymns for just that purpose. He believed the words of Psalms 19:1-4, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day untoday uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun.”

Written in 1225, the words of All Creatures of Our God and King still ring true with believers around the world who share Brother Francis’ heart.

All Creatures of Our God and King

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us sing,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

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O praise Him! O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong

Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,

Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

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Thou flowing water, pure and clear,

Make music for thy Lord to hear,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,

That givest man both warmth andlight.

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Dear mother earth, who day by day

Unfoldest blessings on our way,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

The flowers and fruits that in theegrow,

Let them His glory also show.

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And all ye men of tender heart,|

Forgiving others, take your part,

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on Him cast your care!

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And thou most kind and gentle Death,

Waiting to hush our latest breath,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou leadest home the child of God,

And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

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Let all things their Creator bless,

And worship Him in humbleness,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

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