Highlight – The Sun Shines, Snow Melts

Me and my girls, Rachel and Rhoda,  60 years ago.

Me and my girls, Rachel and Rhoda, 60 years ago.

Yesterday morning the snow whitened the ground in Goshen, and I wrote in my blog that I longed for spring.  Today, on my 87th birthday, the sun shone warmly. By this evening the snow had melted, the ground was bare, and fulfilling the wishes of many face book friends I had a happy birthday, though I still long for spring.

So my birthday was quiet.  Rachel and Eldon were at work and Khalid was in school.  My best friend had a busy day of her own.  My brother called this morning from Florida, and my nephew called from the same state.  Other family members called in by email, or texting throughout the day.  My auto insurance agent never fails to call on my birthday.  I’ve already mentioned face book friends.

Now I am writing on the “morning”  of the day after, 87 years + one day!  I awoke about 10 a.m. counting my blessings, one being that I could sleep as long as I wanted to.  I decided to call my best friend.  She had slept late, too, and was making some coconut pancakes for her breakfast.  She is 82 years old. This noon she is going to the 85th birthday celebration of a woman friend. 

I am preparing to teach a class at CMC on how to study the Bible.  So counting my blessings took me back to a year at EMU when I found a friend in Willard Swartley.  He knew that I would never be able to study the Bible in its original languages.  So he taught me how to study the Bible in English by using Oletta Wald’s “The Joy of Discovery” as a resource. 

Yesterday I used my kindle to download a revision of that study book by the author.  So now I am learning from The New Joy of Discovery.

Almost every morning I check the traffic reports to learn what blogs are the most popular among the readers of my website.  This morning My Faith Pilgrimage was first on the list.   That pleased me.  The second on the list was a Highlight – Truth in Myth. This relates to Biblical Interpretation and uses some family illustrations of how “good will” to others works for peace. 

The third on the popularity list was Highlight 113 – up the Hill.   This is of special interest to the Lehman family. The fourth on the popularity list was  a Highlight – Political Pilgrimage.  The fifth on the list was From One Preacher to Another – No. 2.  This, too, relates to biblical interpretation

Rhoda and her sisters and spouses.

Rhoda and her sisters and spouses.

I haven’t figured out how readers select blogs to read.  At Rhoda’s memorial service I was advised by a widower who knew what I faced that I would need to reinvent my self.  So now, I count my many blessings, one by one for I have reinvented myself.

When I watched the news this morning I learned that some detractors of the new pope go back to what he said or did not say thirty years ago.  Count me as one person who will not hold the past against anyone.  I know that anyone may change, and become another person thirty years later.    

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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1 Response to Highlight – The Sun Shines, Snow Melts

  1. Miriam says:

    Reinvention. What a wonderful bit of advice. I notice my mother reinventing herself since Dad’s death almost one year ago. I suspect this is a nearly instinctive response to loss by many of us, and very healthy. The advice seems to me a blessing of comfort, relieving any fears that there may be something wrong with seeing ourselves with new eyes after such a great loss.

    The past is important. But so is the now.

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