Spring?

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Last week on the first day of spring, it snowed six inches here in New York. I got out and shoveled my driveway for the umpteenth time this season. Will this winter never end? The Amish community lives with the rhythms of the seasons. They know times of planting and harvest. They are in tune… Read More

It’s a Mud Sale!

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Welcome to Amish PA where it’s prime Mud Sale season! What exactly is a Mud Sale you ask? Mud sales are annual auctions held at or near local fire stations. These occur in the spring and are a major fundraiser for the volunteer fire companies in Amish communities. No, there’s no mud to be bought… Read More

Seeds of Faith

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As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. GENESIS 8:22 The Amish believe that the outward work—whether it be straight garden rows or neatly hung laundry—is a reflection of the inner person. Imagine the excitement in the air as rays of spring… Read More

Having a bad day? Don’t respond badly.

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It was a bad day. In fact, it was a bad week. Each day brought it’s own little unpleasant surprise A car wreck got the week off to a particularly bad start. No one was seriously hurt, thank God, and that’s all that matters—but a .005 second mistake by a distracted driver has perhaps totaled… Read More

Making the Most of Your Time … Every Day

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Do you ever end the day with the sense you didn’t do anything, even though your checked off to do list suggests otherwise? Earlier this month I was reading Psalm 90 during my quiet time.  This prayer of Moses is rich with praise and insight. One of my favorite verses is the 12: So teach… Read More

I’ll Take You There: Visit Hardin County, Ohio

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In 1996, we lived near the highest point in Ohio—Campbell Hill, elevation 1535 feet. We bought a Logan County spec home built by Amishman-turned-Mennonite Sam Eicher. Mr. Eicher had a Bobcat excavator; painted on it in dark blue script was “Grandpa’s Toy.” He’d left his Amish ways far behind, but occasionally we’d see Amish buggies… Read More

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