20 April

Amish Prayers: Do Something Good Today. “Blessed Are They Who See Beautiful Things In Humble Places Where Other People See Nothing…”

by Jon Katz

I woke up worrying about today. I ended up praying for peace and community.

I worried about what might happen across the country today if former officer Derek Chauvin Cauvin was acquitted of all the charges against him.

Even on my farm in upstate New York, I could feel the energy swirling around me.

I decided, as I often do, to do some good.

As I came downstairs, a package from Amazon came. It was a coloring book of Amish Prayers I had ordered for Moise Miller’s children up on the hill. It was a coloring book.

I was unsure about it.

I knew the family would love the book, but I didn’t know if the girls would be allowed to use crayons or colored pencils. I couldn’t find any guidance in my Amish books.

I wrapped some colored pencils in one of the small Amish necklaces I had purchased and put it with the book.

I just decided to follow my own spirit. I drove over to Moise’s farm and drove up the hill. As I pulled by the temporary farmhouse, Little Sarah and three of her sisters came out to say hello.

Tina the dog appeared out of nowhere, tail wagging to greet me as I got out of the car. “Here are some coloring books,” I said. “Are the colored pencils okay?”

The girls nodded yes, and turned the car around, and headed down the driveway. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw the girls running down the hill after me.

Tina was with them.

I stopped the car. They rushed up to my window. “You forget your bracelets,” they said. “They are yours, you bought them.”

That’s okay”, I said.” You can use them to keep the pencils together. They are too small for me.” I knew they wouldn’t wish to wear them.

They stood watching me as I drove down the hill, then they turned and began walking back to the house.

I remembered one of the Amish prayers and I said at the bottom of the driveway as I headed for home:

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

It felt good to do something good today.


  1. I have appreciated your writing about the Amish people. I admire so much of their way of life. I have read almost all the books on the Amish that I could find. After reading their stories I always get a feeling of peace and fulfillment. I truly wish this world could find a little more of the ways the Amish live. Thank you for writing about them.

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