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A Golden Theology

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8

Happy summer to all!

We are really enjoying summer in the Mellum household.

It seems every day has either a long walk, time on the deck, or a bike ride.

As July begins our family welcomes a Golden Retriever we’ve named “River!” He will join the old dog of the family, a nearly 11-yeard old, named “Kota” (a.k.a. Dakota). They stand in the legacy of our first Golden, “Indy.”

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what Golden Retriever’s have taught our family.

  • Live in the moment.

  • All human encounters are about an opportunity for unconditional love and connection.

  • A restful nap or vigorous walk makes any day feel a little better.

  • Sitting together and being a little goofy is good for soul.

  • If you have food share it.

  • Sometimes it’s OK to be protective of your loved ones.

  • Other times you’ve gotta get out and live a little.

I am sure there are many more insights.

I can think of few times when our Golden Retriever’s have taught us a lot of about sin and forgiveness. Like the October Sunday after church when a fresh pumpkin, homemade, warm, delicious cheesecake disappeared from the stove top. Or the day when a hole was eaten in the center of the living room carpeted floor.

A Golden responds, “How can you not forgive? How can anyone not forgive? Things happen! We all know we have moments of weakness.”

Well, as you can tell.  As July begins we are readying ourselves for a 8 week old puppy.

Whatever brings you joy during these summer days may you rest there a bit and linger.

Think about all the goodness in the world. The sound of birds, gardens and fields growing, children at play in the neighborhood, lakes and prairies in all their glory, birdfeeders and butterflies, a good book to read, hard work and yardwork, and at St. Paul’s a community of faith committed to be God’s people now and into the future.

In a world where a lot seems to be going wrong we notice what is right and commit to being a part of what is good.

We also commit ourselves to theology that leads toward a faithful life. A Love of God and Love of Neighbor.

Stay centered in your baptismal faith, your life in Christ, and a life that grows out of this relationship.

Keep praying and staying the course!

Remember the mission of St. Paul … to BRING the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST to ALL PEOPLE.

Grace and peace,

Loren Mellum, Interim Pastor

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