You Are Loved

Simeon and Moz are quite different personalities. I am pretty sure it has to do with age, but I also think it has a lot to do with Moz’s past environmental experiences. In general they are both pretty low energy dogs, they both enjoy long naps, watching out the front door, and there is nothing like a good rub and scratch!

Simeon is the older, calmer, and I suppose more experienced of the two. I think he is six or seven years old, I can never seem to remember. Age and love has nurtured him into a companion who doesn’t as for much, just a little shelter, a little attention, and someone to lean on, literally, TruDee read somewhere that a dog who leans on you is claiming you, well we are thoroughly owned and I think I can say loved.

Moz comes from a different background. He is a rescue dog and so we really do not know what his past experiences are. We think we can tell some of that by his behavior. If there is food in his bowl he is going to eat it all! We wonder if that is in part because he probably had to fend for himself while he was a stray before they picked him up. He is very possessive of his one toy, and he likes lots of attention. If you scratch his head he will all but crawl completely in your lap and if you aren’t careful when you call him all sixty pounds of him will leap into your lap! All of this and add that he loves to lick, that is his preferred mode of showing affection.

That being said, we love both of our dogs and our cats as well. I think deep down on some level they know that and return the love fully and unconditionally.

You know we are all different. How we were raised, what experiences we have had, who we know, what we have been through molds and shapes who we are. Some of us respond differently to care, affection, compassion, and love. For some people it takes a little longer to build trust and acceptance and for others it is welcomed and embraced from the moment it is offered.

I have a colleague and friend who once told me one of the biggest challenges for any preacher is to figure out at least fifty two different and unique ways each year to say the same thing, “God Loves You.” It is a challenge, we don’t say it the same way each week, and it isn’t heard the same way each week. But let me just say it plain and simple this week,

God Loves You. I Love You. And may that simple message bring a little joy and grace into your life.

It is one of the many ways we seek to be mindful of the Spirit and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the community. 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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