No creature has meaning without the Word of God.
God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible.
The Word is living, being, spirit,
all verdant greening, all creativity.
This Word flashes out in every creature.
This is how the spirit is in the flesh
The Word is indivisible from God.
— Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179
Psalm 96 NRSV
O sing to the Lord a new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
His marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
Bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
Tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
Let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
Before the Lord; for he is coming,
For he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with his truth.
Prayer of Response
We cannot dance, O Lord, unless you lead us. If it is your will, we can leap with joy. But you must show us how to dance and sing by dancing and singing yourself! With you we will leap towards love, and from love we will leap to truth, and from truth we will leap to joy, and then we shall leap beyond all human senses. There we will remain and dance for evermore.
—Mechtild of Magdeburg, 1210-1280