Photo of the Week

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Ascension Day. © Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

Today is Ascension Day, the 40th day after the resurrection of Christ. For the Amish in the Holmes County, Ohio area, Ascension Day is a holiday. Families gather to reflect, visit, share, relax, and just enjoy each others company. Youngsters may go fishing, hiking, biking or play games like volleyball and softball.

Of all the holidays that the Amish celebrate, Ascension Day is the most informal, with no worship service or fasting. It simply is to honor the day that Christ ascended into heaven. Perhaps it’s a lesson from which all of us can learn.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

7 thoughts on “Photo of the Week”

      1. We had an Ascension Day sermon on Sunday–very appropriate as our pastor retired and left us after 24 years. The tie ins to the grief the disciples felt and yet the joy of knowing what was ahead for Jesus sitting at the right hand of God, if you take it literally (not equating our pastor with Jesus, but you get my point) were very real. I was in tears through much of the sermon. Anyway, this all made for a more meaningful Ascension day than I’ve had in most years.

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