. Praise Him for the lightning in the gale,For balmy winds, for crystals in the snow.Wonder at the gaudy peacock’s tail,Observe how huge the elephant can grow! The turtledove, the maculate giraffe,The leopard’s feral stealth, the eagle’s wing,The neighing of the horse, the dolphin’s laugh;The joy in God which once made Mary sing. Praise God for all the miracles to be!The enemy who may become a friend;The captive who yearns one day to be free;The woes of life we all hope to transcend. Praise God for each new morning that we greet! And praise Him for creation left undone.God’s work is left for humans to completeTo follow in the footsteps of His Son. We all are burdened by life’s heavy chain And wearied by this broken road we trod.But as I live I will not bow to pain. My soul sings the magnificence of God! . . Brian Yapko is a lawyer who also writes poetry. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.