Before Flying North

Tuesday morning called for devouring another Florida navel orange. Then said farewell to our temporary home in search for brunch at a place found by Rachel.  It was called “EggsTRAordinary”. Learn more about it by clicking here.   I ordered a wonderfully extraordinary omelet made of egg whites and mushrooms. Writing this reminds me of some other places we had eaten. If you are in Sarasota and wish to explore beyond popular Dutch eating places I suggest you try  the Toasted Mango and Big Olafs ice creamery among many other options.

Reflections in the Columbarium and stirring of memories

Memories warmed us as we sat across from the resting place of ashes at the Bahia Vista  columbarium. Esther Kniss and Miriam Nauman carried Rhoda’s ashes from the sanctuary by Esther Kniss and Miriam Nauman, followed by ministers’ wives and widows as honorary pall bearers. While seated on the bench, I decided to take a picture and saw that our images were reflected. It reminds me of Paul’s words: “Now we see through a glass (mirror) darkly, but then face to face.”

Linse and Jim Miller

Next we went to see Jim Miller and his place of business.  Jim had been a member of the pastoral team at Bahia Vista, pastor at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship, and had spoken the final words at the columbarium when we put Rhoda’s ashes and the teddy bear in the niche.  The plan is that some day my ashes will take the place of the teddy bear given her by her granddaughter, Diana.  Jim’s grandmother and I eat in the same dining room here at Greencroft. I was the bearer of small gifts to her and Joyce. Next we went to Sarasota’s airport.  Eldon and I checked in at Delta and Rachel returned the rental car.  It is likely that I left Sarasota for the last time.

Sun warmed air behind
Hoosier cold awaiting
Welcomed by my friends

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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2 Responses to Before Flying North

  1. SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WHAT A SPECIAL GIFT TO HAVE THESE EXPERIENCES TOGETHER! YOUR SHARING IS A GIFT AND I DO LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REGULAR POSTS!! MAY GOD’S PEACE AND GRACE BE WITH YOU! KEEP SHARING AS YOU CAN! 🙂

  2. Sam Troyer says:

    We’re so glad to have you here in the Land of Goshen. Betsy and I have good memories of our time in Franklin Co. Chambersburg Pa. We attended Marion Mennonite Church when I was no schedule to work the weekend as a Chaplain at Menno Haven. Bob & Rhoda Keener have left Marion to join Hebron Mennonite in Hagerstown Md. which is part of Atlantic Coast Conference still a part of MCUSA. The tension for Bob was so bad it began to effect his health. He took early retirement from Chaplaincy so he could be available to mentor two grandson’s (son’s of their daughter Gloria whose Mexican husband divorced her as soon as he got his citizenship papers) These boys are attending Shalom Academy and doing well. Gloria attends Pond Bank and is supported well there. The Pastoral couple at Marion I am told is warm toward LGBT people but get little support from the congregation which has voted to leave MCUSA along with Franklin Conference. If I were living in Chambersburg I’d be tempted to just join the Church of the Brethren if I were hassled to much.

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