‘What a Wonderful World’ became famous at a time of international tensions and uncertainty – similar to today. Sung by a black American at a time of racial prejudice there was the Viet Nam war and the threat of nuclear war.

We have heard a lot about Personal Protective Equipment – masks, gloves etc; I was musing on what else the ‘E’ could stand for that is personal and needs protecting.

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

Eyes: – Protecting our vision – seeing the wonders of our world, the needs of the people around us, insight into what is going on…

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

Extraordinary: – Protecting our awareness – the individual, creative, unusual, exceptional, eccentric… when conformity is required…

The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by

Emotions: – Protecting and valuing anxiety, love, sadness, joy, worry, confusion, frustration, anger…

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you

Empathy: Protecting our understanding, feeling and sharing the emotions of those around us…

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know

Ears: – Protecting our hearing – the wonderful world, the voices of others, the voice of God…

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Enjoyment & Excitement: – Protecting the enjoyment, excitement brought by people, situations, ideas, opportunities, the future…

Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

Expectations: Protecting hope in times of despair, loss, weariness, bereavement…

Oh Yea! …Amen

Ref:What a Wonderful World’ written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss was made famous by Louis Armstrong in 1967.

Musings on my Musings:

Initially I reflected on another reference to rainbows.

I must have listened to (and preached) too many sermons with badly alliterated points.

In a different context I might develop these ideas by exploring how Jesus demonstrated the above by teaching and example.

I have probably missed some clever comment about protecting our ‘ease’ (E’s)!

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