Addenda to Florida Posts

Pastor Williams gives a thumbs up

On a Sunday morning I watched on TV the unrehearsed whole congregation Christmas Pageant at College Mennonite Church. You may watch it by clicking  here and scroll 12 minutes into the service if you wish to start at the beginning of the pageant .  On Sunday afternoon I listened to Krista Tippitt’s  interview of two Buddists who exalted Jesus for teaching his followers to love their enemies.  News of MCC’s service in Syria reminded me that Rhoda and I were hosts to a young Syrian during a Christmas week many years ago.  He questioned us about our faith and commented in amazement: I never thought I would meet someone who didn’t believe in fighting. I wonder where that young man is now, and if he is still living.

One of the young woman at College Hill worshipping in a dramatic dance.

Temperatures intrigue me.  A few day ago in Goshen the temperature was 11 degrees below zero which was eleven degrees colder than Barrow, Alaska which is the northern most public community in Alaska.  That same day the temperature was 70 degrees in Florida. Of course I would rather ponder  my way south to Tampa/Sarasota than think of points north. I recalled several items of significance that I should have included in previous posts.  One was a picture of Pastor Roy Williams. The other was of young women doing a mime of joy in the service.

Rachel told me that she had discovered a friend in the dining room under the table. I looked and saw a small Gecko that looked like he was dead or dying. Rachel said she knew it was alive because it changed its location during the night.  The last morning we were in the home she took the gecko in her hand and relocated it in a bush outside the house.  When we checked on him later he was gone.  He must have hidden from the sunlight.  That’s my daughter.  Concerned for the small things around her.

On the last morning in Florida, Eldon and I made a quick trip to Sunnyside to try to catch nurse Debbie Smith in her office.  As Eldon and I drove into the parking area Debbie arrived at the same time, as though it was meant to be.  I wanted to tell her that I continue to “eat my blueberries” as she taught me.  So I got a hug (and a kiss on the cheek) from Debbie.  Now I was ready to begin moving toward Indiana. Another friend that I met unexpectedly was Elam Hertzler.  He and I were on train that took us to California during Civilian Public Service in World War II.  There are so many other friends that I regret not seeing.

Friends are precious though
human or other creature
though near or distant

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 Addenda to Florida Posts

  1. loved your post this morning! What a great trip you have had to Fla.! Happy for you!

  2. Merle Cordell says:

    My family are all planning to come for Christmas this evening. The table is set for 20. We haven’t been all together since last Christmas. It’s been three years since Beulah left us on a similar occasion.

    • We are planning a family gathering at Rachel’s home on Christmas afternoon. I think she is planning a meal for about ten. My grandson Kyle is coming from Waynesboro, PA. Others are from around here. Do you still live where we visited you and Beulah? And are you married again? Joyce and I spend much time together although as special friends, not married. About four weeks ago we had an accident. Joyce had a fractured sternum, but I had no bruises. I have had recent thigh and leg pains on my right side. The doctor opined that it was from the accident. I’m feeling much better. Joyce’s fracture is healing nicely but she also has some extra ordinary leg pains. Wish you all well and thanks for keeping in touch. Martin

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