A Member of the Zion Cloud

28 Mar


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12.1

Technically, the “cloud of witnesses” to which the author of Hebrews refers are the people of faith who have come before us. But I would like to focus instead on the cloud of witnesses that surround us today at Zion. In the present. The people of faith that sustain and energize and nurture the congregation right now. Where would Zion be without its cloud?

It is impossible to miss the beautiful tree that is in bloom outside our church doors. Every year that tree marks the change of season from cold and dark to the light of summer. Why is it there? Because 30 years ago, Milt Paule planted it.

Thank you, Milt. Thank you for being part of our cloud.



Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Blogging With Jane


5 responses to “A Member of the Zion Cloud

  1. Gail Lawlor

    March 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Brendan and I noticed that tree on Sunday. It was gorgeous. I didn’t know that Milt had planted it though. A fitting tribute to a giving man.

  2. dlutz

    March 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Milt is one of those silver linings that makes up for folks like me! What a great cloud of people we’ve found in Burlington!

  3. Sandy Levins

    March 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I didn’t know Milt planted that tree! Thank you Milt! The trees all over town are simply beautiful right now. How often we drive back and forth on our appointed rounds without even noticing the beauty around us.

  4. John Helt

    March 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Ages ago at Zion, when I was young and my father was alive and active in the church, the lot across the street was not used for parking. There was a delapidated old carriage house in the back, and I recall helping my dad and some other Zion men tear it down, brick by brick. That was deconstruction at its best! Then the retaining wall was rebuilt and the area was eventually cleared for parking.

  5. Jackie Welch

    March 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing a bit of history with us John, and a special thank you to Milt for planting that tree!


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