All thoughts of postings for today have fled.
This afternoon I learned of a tragedy that requires the power of corporate prayer and healing energies.
Yesterday an Amish family, Lovina's elder sister's family, suffered one more blow in a year that rivals the trials of Job.
In January, 5 of their 9 milk cows drowned when they fell through the ice on their pond.
In March, one of their 7 sons had a leg broken in a logging accident.
In April, Mary, the mother, broke her ankle and the second oldest son, while using a borrowed mule to plow a field, nearly lost a leg when the animal bolted and the plow landed on him.
In June, Mary and her son were driving home from the farmer's market in their buggy. A car hit them from behind with such force that the tongue on the buggy snapped, the horses bolted, the son was thrown to the pavement, and Mary was trapped in the overturned buggy. Much of her market stock was destroyed, the buggy was rendered useless, and one of the horses had to be put down. They are still seeing the chiropractor regularly.
Yesterday in the late afternoon a fire struck a storage building next to their home. The building housed all of their heirloom seed saved from this summer's crops, and among other things their winter supply of kerosine. The fire was soon extremely hot and out of control. Half of the house was also consumed. Thankfully, no one was hurt. But the damage was severe and much was lost.
Please take some time to hold this family in your good thoughts.