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All Things Great and Small & All Things Dull and Ugly!

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Video from Jambuck 4

All Things Great and Small & All Things Dull and Ugly!

Below are the lyrics from the sarcastic parody of the song All Things Bright & Beautiful from Monty Python which you hear above in the video.

All Things Dull & Ugly

All things dull and ugly,

All creatures short and squat,

All things rude and nasty,

The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons,

Each little wasp that stings,

He made their brutish venom.

He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous,

All evil great and small,

All things foul and dangerous,

The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet,

Each beastly little squid

Who made the spikey urchin?

Who made the sharks? He did!

All things scabbed and ulcerous,

All pox both great and small,

Putrid, foul and gangrenous,

The Lord God made them all.


As the Covid - 19 pandemic still rages around the world we are reminded by Paul in his Letter to the Romans, that creation is “subjected to futility” and in “bondage to decay,” “groaning in labor pains.” Even now you are aging and can feel the practical effects of futility and decay. Our debility is a stark reminder of our sin nature.

In the Gospel of John we are reminded that Logos, "The Word", entered the futility of creation to reverse the course of the curse of sin, evil and suffering. We tend to view nature through the lens of science which is but one way to look at creation. Until recently people viewed nature in the field, on the farm in the wild. Sadly most children today have lost contact with this reality. I grew up in the pre computer, high tech world of today, in a time in which we as children were put outside to play and interact with the world and nature.

The result has been our behavior has become untethered from understanding the natural good. We now have a science consumer point of view which has wreaked havoc on life forms across the planet as we reap destruction to the oceans and the world at large.

The song "All Things Dull & Ugly is perhaps a song about mankind's relationship to creation without God. When we forget God and pridefully deem all the earth as ours to harvest and destroy we present yet again the futility and decay to which we are attached.

Our call then as Christians is to be good stewards even when everyone else is not and to honor our Lord in all we do!

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