When I am at home in Goshen I tell our dog “Crystal” that God has ordained Sunday to be a day of rest for man and beast. She acts as though she understands my twisting of the scripture, soon senses what I mean and runs to her cage.
On this Sunday, Rachel and I decided to enjoy the uninterrupted presence of niece and first cousin, Ruth Lehman. This was one of the rare occasions when the two women cousins could enjoy each other. They offered to take me to Covenant Mennonite Fellowship or any other church of my choice, but I surprised myself by choosing to rest by the beach.
But before the beach we used our computers to check into the services going on at College Mennonite Church in Goshen and Bahia Vista Mennonite Church here in Sarsota. So we were not unmindful of the traditional gathering of believers on this day. Then we went to Siesta Beach. We finally found a parking space and a place to eat.
Finally, the beach. Its sand is rated among the finest in the world. So it was crowded on this January day in Florida. The weather has been in the eighties. The ladies walked the beach for about an hour and I sat in the shade to watch the volley ball games, birds, passersby and to sleep.Then we came home to read, write, and talk.