What a Wonderful World

Louie Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you
I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world
Songwriters: George Weiss / Robert Thiele
For your consideration….
I recognized this song as soon as it came in. What I didn’t realize was that is was so short. It is short, simple and right on point.
This simple song reminds us that it is in the simple things…free things…that we will find the most joy.
Our world is indeed magnificent and wonderful…always there…always waiting for us to notice…always there to comfort us…always there to be enjoyed….always there to support and sustain us…always nonjudgmental.
There is a second part of today’s message. It wants us to pay attention to the line “I see them bloom for me and you.” This wonderful world is there if for each and every one of us. We are asked to think about that. Think about the me and you. Notice it does not focus on a specific relationship. Indeed, the focus is on no relationship at all. It focuses on what we have in common with each other and all living things….this wonderful world.
We have a choice. We always have a choice. We are asked to choose gratitude for this wonderful world we have been given and choose to be treat one another as this wonderful world treats us.
That is the HOPE. And so it is.
Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…
-Affirm…“I am loved.”
-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my hgihest good and th3e highest good of all?”
-Drink ltos of water.
-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.
-Notice, enjoy and be grateful for this wonderful world and everything in it…including one another.
What made me smile yesterday…
-Bruce is getting stronger each day.
-Having Alex and Shannon spend the day at the hospital with me.
-Carol and I went to Eastern Market to pick up our corned beef. We are blessed to be alive. The trip down was great. Sometime within the 40 minutes we were there the freeway turned into a sheet of ice. Cars were sliding everywhere. One narrowly missed us but we saw probably 20 cars involved in accidents.
-Antonio’s for breakfast.
Love, Blessings and Gratitude,
Rev. Chris

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