January 22, 2014

What a Wonderful World

I just celebrated my 83rd birthday, and a friend gave me a card which plays What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. I believe the sentiment of that song. God has surrounded me with a loving family, and my life has been an accumulation of a thousand Golden Memories. My heart is full.

Next month, it will be sixty-six years since I fell in love with Nancy Ogden. It happened on the dance floor in the Teen Canteen on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on February 21, 1948. Most of my Golden Memories are built upon that singular event . . . marriage, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, vacations, travel, adventures and family celebrations.  

There is an old Sunday School song that begins, “I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,” and that suggests other Treasured Memories that have made my world wonderful.  It is our relationship with Jesus Christ and our continuous association with people of faith wherever we lived.

Our church associations have been diverse, and over the years, we have been Reformed, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ and Methodist. In each case, our regular worship with a congregation of believers has inspired us, refreshed us and renewed our faith. 

Currently, we attend the Bluff Point United Methodist Church in Bluff Point, New York, and our spirited, spirit filled and perky Pastor, Judy White, leads a worship service each Sunday that reaffirms our faith and fills our hearts with joy, joy, joy, joy. 

What a Wonderful World, indeed!