Today is Sunday, July 10th, a Sabbath day for Amish folks and others too. And if you happen to be around Lancaster, Pennsylvania on a Sunday, or anywhere near where the Amish live, you can’t help but notice how the Amish are coming and going, especially on Sundays. Whether one believes the horses, buggies and occupants are a distraction, nuisance, safety hazard, or sideshow, one cannot deny that they move with purpose and intent. They do it their way, in their own time.
What do these people do that makes them so different from the rest of American society? Well, for one, they are nice. But, they also stand for something larger than themselves. They adhere to a more simple way of life. They are spiritually connected.
After the West Nickel Mines School shooting tragedy in Lancaster, County most Americans could not believe how the Amish responded. The Amish didn’t express hatred and resentment, but forgiveness and reconciliation, reaching out even to the survivors of the shooter’s family.
Many of the folks living in Washington, D.C and all the other places in America should take a page out of the Amish book and, at minimum, stand for something worthwhile. Words like character and values come to mind. Obviously, the Amish value much more than the worldly things that our society places so much emphasis upon. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. God bless the Amish.