Lessons from Fidler Pond Park

IMG_1507The family has been harvesting ground cherries from our garden , and today was the day for pie-making.  We hulled nine cups of cherries from our garden and Rachel baked two pies. She used a recipe from Simply in Season, a cookbook that she highly recommends.

Yesterday evening, My Joy and I played games with our Greencroft
friends, and then we enjoyed eating rotisserie chicken, fresh roasting  ears,  and a delicious salad made of lettuce, strawberries and red onions topped with poppy seed dressing for dinner made and served by My Joy.IMG_1500

She and I went for the first time to the nearby Fidler Pond Park. The park provided a beautiful setting for a  relaxing evening. Properly spaced benches allowed us to walk for a short distance on the mile and a half walk around the pond.

We found an old abandoned one-room brick building on the grounds.  Curious, we peered through an opening into the the interior. Opposite me, I saw a window that looked toward the lake. I whipped out my camera. My Joy asked, why do you want a picture of that old window?  I had no answer for her, but the more I  ponder the more I see some potential meaning.

IMG_1499The dusty panes covered by vines allowed but a dim vision of the beauty beyond.

Ought not the church provide a vision of what society on earth is meant to be?

Doesn’t fussing among ourselves about nothing of importance limit the ability of the world to see the glory of a peaceful society through us?   What good might happen if the persons and conferences whose actions are under review by the church, be found worthy of encouragement, honor, and praise? Our neighbors might see the difference.  Maybe a news reporter would find us an interesting phenomena.

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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3 Responses to Lessons from Fidler Pond Park

  1. Donald Blosser says:

    You are so right. How often I see in the life of Jesus that he modeled what he was talking about so that people could see the reality, not just hear about the concept. I keep thinking—that is what incarnation is all about–making reality real. I have a friend who keeps telling me “if it is life-giving it is of God”. I like that. Church is not about purity, sanctity and holiness, as good as those things can be…It is about being a source of life in a world that is more intent on stifling or even killing life when they find it.

  2. Jep says:

    It seem like it comes down to purity (drawing strict lines so we know who is in and who is out) versus justice (trying to figure out what Jesus really meant).

    • Jep: I wonder if what Jesus did isn’t a good clue as to what he really meant. Even the disciples had difficulty understanding Jesus. I preached a sermon one time on Jesus words surrounding the death of Lazarus. Why doesn’t Jesus just say what he means, when he said, he is sleeping when he meant he is dead. Why doesn’t Jesus come when we need him? Could there be some humor in that story? I don’t know.

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