Thursday, October 05, 2006

Remaining apart from the world: one Christian community's method is looking pretty good right now

My sister Marguerite was struck by the essential sanity of the response of the Amish community in Lancaster County -- 20 miles or so from where we live -- to the terrible school shootings. I was mindful of that when I ran across this from a news article:
In keeping with all aspects of Amish life, today's services will be unadorned, humble and intently focused on God.

About 500 people are expected to attend the four funerals, to be held in large barns. The funeral for the fifth girl, Anna Mae Stoltzfus, 12, will be tomorrow.

There will be no flowers or singing, though hymns will be chanted. There will be no eulogies: The Amish believe praise is for the Lord, not the dead.

And though the massacre caught the horrified attention of the world, there will be no tearful relatives flown to New York to appear on morning TV shows, no pictures of the victims getting their own mournful theme song on CNN, no book deals. For once, there will be dignity.

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