All things Bright and Beautiful – Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
When Cecil Alexander wanted to teach the poor children in her Sunday school class about the Apostles’ Creed, she wrote hymns for them to sing. She and her husband, William Alexander, a parish minister in Londonderry, Ireland, served in a rural area. She visited the poor families and gathered the children around her for instruction in the Bible, the catechism, and the creed. When she published a collection of her songs, almost all for children, she donated the profits to support disable children in her area.
“All Things Bright and Beautiful” was written to help children understand the phrase, “I believe in God the Father, Maker of Heaven and earth.” Often when we think of God the Creator, we consider the vast galaxies of space and the mighty billowing oceans, but this hymn, written for boys and girls, talks of little flowers with glowing colors, little birds with tiny wings, and purple-headed mountains, ripe fruits in the garden, and meadows where we play. God created these things, not only so we would marvel at His greatness, but also for us to enjoy. Make this a day to play in the goodness of God’s creation.
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