Laurie L. Meador: Thanks, Rich Mayfield
Member of Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church (ELCA) since 1994
Summit Daily News Editor Alex Miller wrote in Saturday’s paper that Rich Mayfield “turned in his columnist’s hat” last week. I feel called to reply. THANKS RICH!
Unfortunately, Rich Mayfield’s column is another casualty of criticism. Ironically, many of Rich’s columns were about Jesus’s teachings of love, forgiveness, and looking at old things in new ways (see: old wine/new wineskins in the New Testament).
I am remiss for waiting until now to say publicly that I am (was) a huge fan, figuratively speaking, of Rich Mayfield’s column. I have saved several of his columns, “Eucharisto” and “Peace in Every Step” among them. I looked forward to his columns. They were refreshing.
I was one of many who were fortunate enough to have Pastor Mayfield serve as an interpreter of the Gospels for us. No other person has helped me more in my spiritual journey. His was a unique, intelligent perspective on Jesus’s life and works. I am grieving again since the loss of Rich’s weekly column.
“Blessed are you (Rich Mayfield) who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you (Rich Mayfield) when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on account of the Son of Man, for your reward is great in heaven…” (Mt. 5:10-11 and Luke 6:23) A wise person once said following Jesus is not always easy; that it is not always the popular way. After all, He wound up on a cross.
Thank you, Rich Mayfield, for all of your wonderful columns. We were blessed to have you as a columnist. “Well done, (thou) good and faithful servant…” (Mt. 25:23)
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