by Ken Sehested
Let the room be filled with laud and laughter, oh people of Mercy. Fill the air with music and merriment, with the sound of delight annulling the wail of indigence.
Praise your Maker, you wind and wave. Sun and moon and Bethlehem’s star, shout in exultation!
Let all that swim in the sea give thanks; all that walk on the land, rejoice; all that traverse the open sky, extol.
Bow down, you mighty mountains! Lift your heads, you humble valleys! Roar in applause, you deepest seas!
Oak and ash, black bear and red robin, ladybug and dragonfly, you city-folk and you farmers, acclaim the One whose breath is your bounty, whose mercy is your salvation.
All sing: Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice. Rejoice, rejoice and against I say rejoice.