Reflections on God and Humanity

The election calls for a people who follow Jesus and offer to the world peace and joy. People are needed who live a life that preserves like salt, shows the way like light, and like leaven, quietly permeates a whole loaf.

Take a new look at the beatitudes. The beatitudes tell us how we should be to be happy. But the beatitudes show us more by showing us what we should do!

What are we to do? We are to enrich the lives of the poor in spirit by sharing emotional strength. We should comfort those who mourn with the comfort with which we are comforted.  We should reward and embolden the meek with a place on earth.  We should  satisfy those who hunger and thirst after righteousness by showing the way to live as Jesus lived. We should be merciful to the merciful, open the eyes of the  pure in heart to see the beauty of Jesus, enable peacemakers to make peace, stand with those who are being taken advantage of because they are too good.   (Ponder possibilities beyond my words.)


Joyce Kusuma

“Answers to Seven Questions”  in The Mennonite by Joyce Kusuma encourages me and gives me hope.  She is a Nurse Practitioner and a member of the Peace Church in Upland, California.  As a member  of the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board, she provides an Indonesian voice to the church. She tried to live in California’s dessert or to work in the city of Las Angeles, but always returned to the Sierra Mountain’s fresh air.  Click here to read her testimony



Danny Aramouni

Danny Aramouni is a sophomore at Goshen College where he majors in  molecular Biology/biochemistry  and Bible and religion. He is from Kansas, yet yearns for peace among the divided peoples of Jerusalem. He did a seasonal devotional based on  Psalm 122   The devotional can be found by clicking here.

For me the key to world peace is found in the pronoun (our and us) in what is called the Lord’s Prayer.  The prayer is not an individualistic “give me this day my daily bread” but is more  universalist:  “give us (all) our daily bread”. When we “be” the beatitudes and “do”  them we will be a happy world. When the few who have much more than they need for one day and share their plenty with the many who don’t have enough for  today, and all debts are forgiven, there will be peace on earth.  (Toy with the only in the haiku below:)

World peace will happen
when all have enough only
then comes the kingdom   

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 Reflections on God and Humanity

  1. Jep Hostetler says:

    Good work, my friend.

  2. Don Blosser says:

    good work Martin. I have met with the Peace Church a couple of times when we were on sabbatical at Pasadena. It is a neat congregation with some very gifted people…sort of like you and some others I know.

  3. Miriam Showalter says:

    You keep getting better at this.

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