The Beauty of Simplicity

Enjoyed a lovely sojourn in northeast Ohio this week. We and our co-pastors were the guests of Pastors Retreat Network ( at the Valley View Inn near Holmes County, Ohio.

We took the opportunity to visit the Yoder Home in Walnut Creek (where these photos were taken), where we toured the grounds, the one-room schoolhouse (still functioning), and two Amish homes.

Both the retreat itself and the tour reminded me of the beauty of simplicity, as I hope these photos illustrate.

As I’m writing this I’m feasting on a simple meal of Salzburg cheese (bought at Heini’s Cheese store) and homemade sourdough bread (sent home with us from the Valley View Inn). In the midst of my often complicated life, this week was a good reminder of the “one thing needful,” and the few things important. Simplicity is a beautiful thing.

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