Friday, May 27, 2011

Before May slips away...

Hilda and I with our signature granola bars
Not sure where the last couple of months went, but they sure were busy. Not much time to write.  Last weekend I finally took a breather.  Spent a lot of time outdoors staffing the Schuylkill Friends outreach table at the annual Phoenixville Dogwood Festival (listening to live music emanating from the stage located behind us and inhaling the all-pervasive fragrance of fried onion rings wafting from the concession stands).  Gave out a lot of Quaker granola bars.

  The Bible church whose table was next to ours totally outdid us, however.  Free face painting for the kids (executed by a small army of teenagers and young adults) and an inflatable amusement ride called Bounce n Box. (I suspect that their budget might be a bit larger than ours.)

Had some interesting conversations with passers-by.  The FCNL "War is not the answer" lawn signs that we displayed around the table inspired one visitor to assail me with the perennial Hitler question.  You know: you mean you don't think we should have fought Hitler???  Funny how no one ever asks, "You mean no one objected to the Nuremberg Laws?"  Another visitor was very drawn to the Welcome poster that I got from Quaker Books, which describes Friends' faith and worship.  In fact, the poster seemed to speak so strongly to his condition that I gave it to him.

But our meeting's real claim to fame last weekend was the fantastic float inspired by the Edward Hicks painting The Peaceable Kingdom and featuring paper mache animals crafted by our artists and children.

I hadn't participated in making the animal figures and, until the float actually passed by in the parade, had only seen the lamb. The dimensions of the animals and their vibrant colors took my breath away.  Some of the kids dressed up like old-time Quakers and marched in front of the float.

“ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
      The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
      The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; 
      And a little child shall lead them."
                    Is 11:5-6

I think Isaiah would have been pleased.
Is that an awesome ox or what?

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