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June 11, 2017

posted Jun 12, 2017, 10:19 AM by Susan Fernandez

I see trees of green…

For many, you can finish this sentence – maybe even already have a tune in your head. Louis Armstrong’s iconic “What a Wonderful World” was a perfect match to the story of Creation in this week’s sermon. Trees of green, red roses too, skies of blue, clouds of white – even the dark sacred night… So many call outs to God’s handiwork in those first few days, with the acknowledgement that all of these things make for a wonderful world.

If you were to read through the Celebrate insert, something else may strike you in stark juxtaposition. The second reading has Paul saying “farewell” and the Gospel retells Jesus sending his disciples after his resurrection with a reminder that he will be with us “to the end of the age.” So our first reading is the beginning and the other texts with words of endings.

Perhaps I read a bit too much into this, but that immediately stood out to me. Maybe because “What a Wonderful World” reminds me of an ending – as it was the song I danced with my father at my wedding, as many brides do as they begin a new life. But it signifies an ended, having just passed the first anniversary of my father’s death. Every beginning on Earth has an ending. And some endings mean a new beginning, whether it’s new flowers growing or a new life in Heaven. Let’s enjoy each gift and moment as a blessing and strive to make this a wonderful world for all.

If you missed it last Sunday, join us this Sunday! And remember, it truly is a wonderful world.
Click here to watch and listen to Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World.