Thank God for Knees (and Wheels)

Bald Mt.

Bald Mountain fire tower in Sierra National Forest – Google Image

This week my Joyce and I went to Sauder Hall for a college musical program called Earthtones. The selections were from around the world, and required musical skills along with durable knees used in dance and other gyrations.  I thought about how durable my knees have been for me. One memory is of my knees taking me up the trail to Bald Mt. Fire Lookout Tower in the Sierra National Forest of California.  I recall deer playing on the granite dome in the light of a full moon.

IMG_3521I’ve sold my car and bought a four I wheeled scooter. I’ve downsized to be safe  from the hazards of street  traffic and use the scooter to explore life in the Greencroft Retirement Community in Goshen. I’m the driver of the scooter pictured on the right.  I’m going on a back-wood’s trail.  The lights show that my battery is fully charged. That gives enough power for a five mile drive, enough to take me to Goshen College Church and venues on the Goshen College campus including Sauder Hall. That is, if it isn’t raining or snowing and the temperature is decent.


Not all woodland on Greencroft is developed. I  use my influence to urge that it stay as it is.It is time to reinvent  ourselves in love.

On the eve of Earth Day Joyce and I went where only knees could take us.  We were invited to view an award winning movie in Goshen’s Art House located in an obscure second flour theatre. The building has a 100 year old elevator. I chose to use my 90 year old weak knees  to drag me up the two flights of stairs.  The documentary shows the human role on earth. We are the most intelligent of all the animals on earth destined to take care and preserve life, not destroy it.  Get a glimpse of the documentary by clicking here. No wheels in the Art House.


Coming out of Greencroft’s woodland toward it’s development we call home.

Last night Joyce and I went to the Greencroft Community Center to watch home-schooled youth beautifully present a version of “Little Women.” Again we were impressed with the vitality of youth and the flexibility of youthful knees. Thank God for knees and wheels.

Somewhere I picked up the idea that  it is time to reinvent ourselves in love, love that includes all of our neighbor’s nature and on earth.


four wheels or two knees
needed to carry me where
only young knees go

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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