Friends Drive for me

Fresh Fruit in spite of Cold and Snow

Fresh Fruit in spite of Cold and Snow

I cried a bit as I pondered the significance of February dates in my long life. February is my daughter’s birth month. I remember my first glimpse of her tiny screwed up mouth as she anticipated her first nurturing from her beautiful mother.

In Florida

Martin, Rachel, Rhoda in Florida, February, 1950

In another February our family traveled to Florida from Pennsylvania which was to be our home for 56 years. This February, 2015, is snowy, and  February snow on this my 88th year has caused me to stop driving my car for the season.

Other drivers have volunteered for me:  John Lederach when possible takes me where ever I want to go.  My Joy’s sister Pauline and her husband Harlin Hochstetler took My Joy and me through snowy roads to a Goshen College Faculty Recital by Scott Hochstetler, baritone; Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, mezzo soprano; Christine Larson Seitz, piano. (Scott is Pauline’s son and My Joy’s nephew.) Owen Hess, retired anesthesiologist, took me to the men’s fellowship committee meeting following the fellowship on Wednesday noon.  My Joy took me to the game group on Friday afternoon.  She made me a scrumptious evening meal.  We read from my kindle till I called Eldon to take me home.

The Men’s Fellowship featured Maestro Nayo A. Ulloa who is assistant professor of Spanish and Latino SST Studies at Goshen College.  Nayo performs, teaches and composes Latin American Music. Nayo Music provides services on Latin American music for special events, corporate parties, weddings, etc. Ulloa also offers a newly created program “musica para chiquitos” an all musical program in Spanish for kindergarten age children.


Maestro Nayo A. Ulloa

Ulloa is descended of the natives of Peru. He told us he doesn’t know where he is “from” except that his people were at home in Peru since 18,000 BC, well before any land was known as America. He introduced us to the cultures now living in the Carribean, Central America, and in the South American continent.

While Ulloa spoke,  my daughter Rachel and the Mission Network staff was enjoying an intercultural pot-luck meal at Mission Network headquarters. As I listened to Ulloa I understood something of the maze of cultures confronting the Jesus mission of the church.

It seems to me that the mission of the Mennonite Church became more complex very recently when a new Mennonite group formed at Hartville, Ohio.  The new group intends to offer congregations an alternative to Mennonite ChurchUSA,  yet it denies that it will be a splinter group.

These days I am reading Greg Boyd’s book: “Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the idol of Certainty”. With it I am pondering the five points he presented in his lecture. The first point as I understood him was:

1.  We should be certain of a faith that is mixed with enough doubt to allow conversation among all those who believe. 

If this were a Mennonite practice, would unity prevail among us?   I invite your response on the usefulness of this first point.

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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4 Responses to Friends Drive for me

  1. Grace says:

    Martin, The picture of the FRUIT is so perfectly beautiful. It would make a wonderful painting with the herbs & watering can & pen tucked in there on the vintage print tablecloth. Lovely. Do you know anyone in the Goshen Arts dept? I copied it & titled it “Martin’s Winter Table by the Window”. Thank you for sharing it.
    And of course, the family picture is so sweet with little Rachel. What a beautiful child in every way! Those cute curls, baby cheeks, cute little legs…so adorable!

    Have you watched the movie DOUBT? ( With Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, & Meryl Streep) If not, I think you would find it very interesting. I was totally mesmerized by it.
    I have found that doubts that lead to me searching for the answer to “there must be more..” have been healthy. I have also come to realize that there is indeed a “spirit of doubt” whose assignment is to get us to doubt the truth of God’s Word. It is our enemy & must be resisted because it comes straight from the father of lies. It is important to discern the difference.
    God bless your winter days, my dear friend Martin, & may his angels keep you from falling!

    • Grace, the picture of the fruit was taken on impulse. I’m glad you admire it. I was being thankful for the fresh fruit available daily in mid winter. You easily see the citrus, apples, plumbs and bananas. Less visible are the avocados. Your sharp eyes saw some things I barely noticed. Crystal’s small evening meal is in the plastic cup behind the fruit basket. I haven’t seen the movie. I will inquire about it. – Martin

  2. Raymond Martin says:

    My most painful doubts have led me to a new place. Doubts are useful if they make you dig in and search. I do not like when doubts come but I suppose the worst response is to try to ignore them. Transformation is a life-time process. There is always more.

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