I am still responding to those who wonder what Joyce and I do when we are together. The story goes back to before we were close friends. Our paths crossed in a grief group sponsored by the church when Joyce said she wished that she could talk to someone about David because she did not want him to be forgotten. I told her privately that I could listen to her talk about David. She took the opportunity to tell me about David and she listened to me talk about Rhoda. We still share our memories of our deceased spouses
We also read together. Ervin Stutzman came to Greencroft to promote his historical trilogy published under the general title Return to Northkill about Jacob Hochstetler and his sons Joseph and Christian. We enjoyed reading the books as they were published.
Pastor Phil Waite encouraged the congregation to read novels. He promised that reading novels would help us to empathize with others. With this encouragement Joyce and I began to read novels I found through use of my kindle. Among them were novels by Nichole Deese. If you click here you you will see Nichole’s novels
We also enjoyed “Take me with you” by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Novels by Mennonite futurist Todd Wynard intrigued us. Friends encouraged us to read The Shack which we did. We also read The Alchemist . The latter two books are more fable than novel and much can be learned from them.
Joyce is an inquirer who will cross boundaries to learn. Sometimes she goes with me to the Men’s Fellowship that meets most Wednesday noon’s at College Mennonite Fellowship. Recently a retired seminary professor lectured on the coming of Jesus. Joyce was intrigued because she heard so many sermons on the second coming that were preached by men who thought they knew precisely how things would work out in the end.
She wanted to learn with me from a scholar. We were not disappointed. In a personal conversation the scholar underscored that Jesus did not speak of a second coming, but promised instead to be with us always and everywhere. That was comforting.