By Diane Gunsolley, Aberdeen Village chaplain
Louis Armstrong, with his one-of-a-kind gravely style, could get more out of a song than anyone.
“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.”
That song was a slow stroll through the day. It encouraged pausing to take it all in. The gift of reflection brings to focus the wonder of everyday moments. Here we are at the highlight of nature’s beauty. The trees are alive in fall colors. It’s not too hot and not too cold. I’m determined to take a scenic drive, soak in the beauty and say to myself, “What a wonderful world.”
I’m also convinced that Satchmo had it right when he said that even a “hello” among friends is an expression of love.
“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.”
Human friendship is richer when we are intentionally present in the moment. A smile and a few kind words can make my day. If that is true in the natural, how much more is it true in our spiritual life? Experiencing God has much to do with our deliberate purposeful acknowledgement that He is with us. It’s dialoguing with our Father throughout the day and scheduling time to unite with Him through Scripture reading and prayer.
I’m discovering that connecting with God is far richer if I make time to regularly sit and be with Him. Our Brandt chapel is open for prayer and reflection on Thursdays from 10:00 until 11:00. Stop by for a few minutes, soak in His presence and enjoy connecting with our Father. May we, like King David of old, seek the one thing that really matters:
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4 New International Version
Gaze on His beauty and you may just find yourself humming, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”