Catechism 5

What else did God create?
God created all things by his powerful Word, 
and all his creation was very good; 
everything flourished under his loving rule.
(New City Catechism)

Whether plant,
    knowing just where to look for sun,
         where to turn for air,
sea-creatures teeming in the ocean’s whirl,
     birds neither sewing nor harvesting yet
            ever expectant of food and rest,
beasts of the soil, majestic through dust
            lilies content to dance the fields away,

whether sun
     moon or stars, governors of the heavens,
            musicians of the spheres,
whether lofty in the skies or low upon
      the humble soil: all motion and all orbit
             spoken wisely into being.
Good in every way; the rule of it all,
             the knowledge behind each category,

whether grand
      or microscopic, Leviathan or ant:
              good. Made to flourish beneath love’s sceptre,
made to grow on rotating axes,
      light and life to suspire, chlorophyll and DNA
              imbuing shade and tone.
All good, with trust and truth contained in love’s rule:
              to enjoy all of Eden, save one tree.

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