By on July 15, 2014 in News & Musings

While cliché quotes and cute sayings abound, occasionally there is one that really does ring true.

“For a happy life you need three things: someone special to love, something meaningful to do and something for which you are grateful.”

We could add to that list, certainly, but it seems to be ringing true at Zion these days!


Someone Special to Love

 Jane, our wonderful music director, has a wide circle of musical friends who come to Zion and share their impressive talents. Jane asked Rick to join our choir most Sundays and after a few months Rick asked Jane to marry him. They both are beaming and we at Zion are so happy they’ve found someone special to love.



Something Meaningful to Do

Stan managed seven months of unemployment before starting a new job in June. He is happyto be a just a short walk away from a bus that drops him off by his office in St Paul. He’s equally happy to be right on the new Green Line that whisks him to the University of St Thomas in downtown Minneapolis. Between learning a new job and finishing his MBA, we celebrate Stan having something meaningful to do.



Something for which you are Grateful

Santa Dan has spent many years as Santa, bringing joy to thousands and thousands of kids at Christmas time. He’s battled health problems and last winter, after a round of chemo, he lost his signature white beard. He recently learned that he will not be needing surgery – something for which he is truly grateful. We’re grateful too and happy to see that beard starting to reappear!


Summertime is busy for the people of Zion and we scatter like the wind to visit family, take trips, and enjoy the outdoors. But Sundays still mean gathering together for stories and singing. When we’re together, we remember to be grateful. We are blessings to one another. Today we give thanks for these saints, their stories, and their songs. And we rejoice that, in community, their happiness is also ours.


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