Being Happy

We are in the process of moving to a different house. We had a great group of friends help get the major things moved this last Monday. It is great to have good friends who are willing to lend a hand when we are in need. Thank you to Tom, Patty, Brian, Steve, Walt, Sandy, Tim, and Nate!!! They made pretty short work of what looked and felt like a bit of an overwhelming task before we began.

The furry family has made a pretty good transition. The two cats are a little crankier than Simeon is. Frodo our little, “odd,” cat has done a bit of vocalizing of his sentiments, though in true form he just closes his eyes and pretends the rest of us, and his surroundings do not exist. We both think he just goes off into his own little world and is content being there by himself.

Hobbes is more vocal about his displeasure that we would have to nerve to move him from one domain to the next. He spends a lot of time stalking through the house “chewing us out,” and hissing at pretty much everything that moves, including TruDee and I, Frodo, and Simeon. Now and then we can catch him hissing at just thin air; he will get used to it but tends to be pretty unhappy when we disturb his peace.

Simeon, on the other hand, just seems to be happy to be anywhere. His backyard is now bigger, the house is bigger, he has his bed, his blanket, his food and water, who could ask for anything more? He is just happy.

I suppose we could all learn a lesson from the four legged kids in our household. When confronted with the changes, moves, and challenges of life and faith we can just close our eyes and pretend it isn’t happening, we can be cranky and snap at anything that moves, or we can choose to be happy and adapt. After all, if you recall from a previous sermon series, the only thing we really have control over is our response, and smiling is generally easier than not.

I hope this summer has started off well for you and pray you are finding time to be happy. Join us here on Sunday mornings for our Celebrations and know you are loved.

It is one of the many ways we seek to be faithful to the Spirit and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the family. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table. Not Your Ordinary Church.
Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.

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