By Loleta Howell
Forty members and friends of St. Simon’s travelled to see the dramatization of the book of the Prophet Jonah. The trip was sponsored by the St. Luke Group as a spiritual event. Unlike previous trips to Sight and Sound we did not lunch at “Good N Plenty” but opted instead to have a new experience to have lunch with an Amish family.
On arrival at the Amish home we were warmly greeted by the host family attired in their simple black and white apparel with head coverings. In the spacious basement, tables and chairs were neatly and conveniently arranged for our use. The family inquired about our hometown, our journey to Pennsylvania and our welfare. We were invited to say the grace before we were presented with a delicious meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, fresh vegetables, pickles, and of course homemade breads and pies all served family style. Some of the kids were taken to see the horses and gardens which they thoroughly enjoyed. It indeed was a very peaceful pleasant experience having lunch in the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A man named Jonah lived in Israel in the eighth century. The book of Jonah is different from other prophetic books. It tells the experience of a prophet rather than repeating His message.
For many, Jonah is the story of a man swallowed by a whale but Jonah is a story about God’s power over all the earth, over the sea, the animals and powerful nations.
Even more, Jonah is a story of God’s patience and loving concern – for a reluctant missionary, for uniformed soldiers, and for a cruel pagan city. The most significant truth of the Book is that God is concerned for everyone, even God’s enemies. (NRSV)
All in all it was a wonderful spiritual event shared by friends and family.
This news item is from The Cyrenian parish newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1
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