What a Wonderful World

I hear friends greeting friends

Saying, "How do you do?"

What they're really saying

Is, "I love you."...

And I think to myself, What a wonderful world!

Louis Armstrong


I know this song shows my age (It really was before my time), but I still like listening to it. Louis Armstrong had a version recorded where he talked about people who asked him, considering all of the bad things going on in this old world, if he thought it was still "A wonderful world"? And his answer was that he did.


I can remember grocery shopping trips when I was a small boy. On one such outing Mom let me get a comic book and a package of red licorice. Then I got to go back to our car (It was a safer time) and leisurely while away the time. I can remember laying on the floor with my head on the "hump" - some of you will remember - and savor my fine literature and cuisine. It was a wonderful world, when I was a little boy!


Now I get to spend time with my grandchildren. I love seeing them come up the driveway with their parents for a visit, and I love seeing their parents come back up the driveway to pick them up and take them home. I love watching cartoons with them and reading books them and playing ball with them. I love their innocence and their passion for life. Just the other day my youngest grandson was here, and we spent hours wandering through the house and getting into things (my wife was gone). Exploring, I believe, is the man term for this activity.


On the first day of this past week, I got to spend time with dear friends at the worship. I preach for a small congregation and I have learned that about 22 minutes will do just fine to get a good message across that people can use. Anything less might make too much of a hurry, but anything more could become a sleeping hazard. After worship, people just hung around for about 30 minutes to an hour, just enjoying one another.


They were greeting one another, saying, "How do you do?" But we know that what they were really saying was, "I love you!"

And, like Louis, I have to thank our Lord, and think to myself, "What a wonderful world!"


I know that there is a lot of meanness in this old world that we live in now. I know that there are evil people doing evil things that they should not be doing. But I also know that We have a good God who created this world for us as a gift. And, when we refuse to let the devil's children spoil our outlook on life, this really does become a wonderful world!


The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Psalms 16:6, NIV