Highlight: A Movement & Scenes along a Dogwalk

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Flowers I see while walking the dog

My “Joy” read  the book “On God’s Side” by Jim Wallis, and after reading a blog of mine she asked me how to start a movement.  That was before she left with her daughter to visit friends and relatives in Virginia and the Carolinas.  She uses a jitterbug phone to call me every day she is away, and for those  few moments we cherish our friendship.

CLOVER BLOSSOMS ON LAWN

CLOVER BLOSSOMS ON LAWN

She says she has a lot to tell me, and I say I have a lot to tell her when she returns.  One story is an answer to her question about how to start a movement.  The story begins with me standing in a line at McDonalds where the French fries have been sold faster than they could make them.   I looked at the woman standing in line behind me and asked, “where are you headed?”

THE SOY BEAN FIELD ENDS THE WALK

THE SOY BEAN FIELD ENDS THE WALK

“Youngstown, Ohio,” she said and then she asked.  “Where are you going?”   “Akron, Pennsylvania,”  I told her, and added,  “Our family is holding a reunion at the Welcoming Center of the Mennonite Central Committee.”  She was puzzled by the term Mennonite.   “Who are the Mennonites and what kind of a committee is that?” she asked.

BEAUTY ON DOG WALK

BEAUTY ON DOG WALK

“We’re  kind of like a church,”  I told her. “But we don’t believe in fighting.  When there’s a war, we try not to participate.  But we send people to care for refugees and to rebuild communities that are destroyed.”

“That’s wonderful,” she declared.  I told her that I have a website where she could learn more about Mennonites and me.  She pulled a pad from her purse and wrote down www.oldmennofools.com, declaring,  “That sounds interesting,” she said.  “I’m going to check it out.”

MORE BEAUTY ALONG THE WALK

MORE BEAUTY ALONG THE WALK

She told me that her name is Theo.  Eldon, my son in law told me that Theo means God is the Greek language.  So I will tell my “Joy”  and any one else who is interested, that here is the way to start a movement.  One person starts talking and keeps talking, and those who hear start talking, and keep talking, and talking, and talking.  And the movement continues and grows as people talk, and keep talking.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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6 Responses to Highlight: A Movement & Scenes along a Dogwalk

  1. Audrey A. Metz says:

    OK, Martin. Stop teasing us. Ken and I want to know more about your “Joy”. We’re delighted you have this friendship. Tell us more 🙂

    Loved your account of the conversation in line at McJunk’s. (we enjoy them as well) It would be interesting to learn if that woman did, indeed, check out the Mennonites when she got home. Interesting that you were in the area you were but she had no idea who/what the Mennonites are.

    Keep blogging!

    • We were on the Ohio turnpike. Rachel, our mission network person, said I should have told her there was a Mennonite Church in Youngstown. I like McDonald’s premium Mc-wraps.

  2. Grace Miller says:

    I was looking for a picture of little Ms Crystal & her Master walking her. The flowers were beautiful. Now, how about a blog about The Man & his dog, or The Dog & her man… with pictures of course. That would be interesting as well. 🙂

    • Good suggestion. This afternoon we had the rumbling of thunder in the distance and crystal did not ask for a walk. She almost never fails to remind me at about 5:30 p.m.

  3. Audrey A. Metz says:

    Since writing my original response to your walk with Crystal, I have gone back into your archives and found the answer. We are sooo happy that you have this friendship, Martin – sounds like a wonderful friendship for both of you. Blessings! Stay well!

  4. SaraAlicZimmerly says:

    One of my friends has a saying for how to start a movement. She says “Well, we’ll run it up the flagpole and see who salutes”.

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