Home and Away

This past weekend my CPAP and I traveled to Akron, Pennsylvania  with Conrad, Diana and Zack to join the Krady family in reunion.  The center of the activity was  in the Africa House of the MCC Welcoming Center, with some meals in the MCC dining room and other activities in their meeting room.  There were a few more than thirty of us in attendance at various times.

We spent hours together sharing our memories and stories.  A most telling event were responses to the question, How has your concept of God changed since your early childhood?

While at the reunion and since coming home I have been pondering an extremely unlikely possibility.  Suppose by some quirk everyone on earth was destroyed except for the descendants of D. Stoner and Frances Krady.

IMG_0345This one gifted family would preserve for a future world the following skills:  teacher educators,  historians,  mathematicians, writers, internet programmers, auto mechanics, farmers, nutritionists, teachers of the sign language for the deaf, a yoga instructor, bloggers,  human resource specialists, hospice chaplains, science teachers, auto mechanics,  organic farming, nutritionists, add to this the gifts of those family members who were not present at the reunion.

On Sunday morning the organic farmer and his wife made breakfast for us.  They used mostly organic ingredients from their own farm.  From them we learned of the healing values of bone broth and bee sting therapy.  Since coming home I have checked the preceding interesting links.

IMG_0351The one ordained woman among us led in a and heart-vision revealing devotional.  After a Sunday lunch prepared and served by the MCC staff, Conrad, Diana, Zach and I left for Franklin County, PA to visit Conrad’s son Kyle.  He could not come to the reunion because of commitments with his two bands to play in a benefit concert over the weekend.  He lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Summit community about six miles from his work as an auto mechanic in Waynesboro, PA.  We had a pleasant visit at his house with him and a friend and then went to a McDonalds restaurant for a quick meal before leaving for Indiana.

IMG_0358We cruised at 77 mph on interstate toll roads through the Western Pennsylvania mountains and the level lands of Ohio and Indiana.  We arrived at home about 2:30 a.m.   I had an hour with my “Joy” before she left at 1:00 pm with her daughter  for about sixteen days of sightseeing and  visiting friends.  “Joy” will visit her sister while her daughter attends the Brethren Assembly at Charlotte, South Carolina. So life moves on.

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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