He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8
The Monday following our apple orchard adventure, we again meet up with Dominic for lunch, and then embark on a journey to Amish/Mennonite country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, about a 30-minute drive from Reading. We encounter lots of twisty backroads and enjoy the views of sprawling farms and impressive homesteads. I had somehow never envisioned Pennsylvania as a rural state, but it truly is once you leave the confines of the major cities.
I've always had a fascination for the Amish people, and their close cousins, the Mennonites; I couldn't let our visit to Pennsylvania go without entering into and observing their way of life up close. Here are some absolutely amazing photos that Danny miraculously captured while sitting in the passenger seat of Dominic's car. Enjoy!
We are blessed and privileged to enjoy this glimpse into times gone by, before the mechanization and modernization of society. I read so many blogs/books today where people tout a return to simpler times, when uncluttered minds could more readily focus on God, trusting Him in every facet of our lives. In both the Amish and Mennonite communities, that closeness is the most cherished and upheld gift that God could ever bestow. It isn't just a way of thinking, it's a way of life.
In our brief visit to the Amish Village gift store, I spy a book that I know immediately I need to read.
You can order the book for yourself here, and I highly recommend it to all my fellow bloggers. I learned so much I didn't know, including the fact that this community has three favorite Bible verses, the first one being Micah 6:8. Coincidently, that is my own life verse! How it resonates with me!
Understanding how and why the "simple" folk live and work the way they do just might inspire you to find ways to simplify your own walk with the Lord.