One of the things missing in our modern American culture is close-knit communities. I think this is the reason that many of the Hallmark movies are so popular. They tend to focus on small-town life where everyone knows their neighbor and people work together in harmony for the mutual benefit of the community, while still taking care of their own.
This very thing, I think, is one of the core reasons we admire the Amish. They, as a community, tend to focus on togetherness. And although their lives are hard in many aspects, community helps to ease much of the burden. One of my favorite Amish Proverbs is ‘Many hands make light work.’ Oh, how true that is!
In my own surrounding Amish communities, I have had the privilege of seeing this dynamic in action. For example, an Amish friend of mine recently gave birth to twins. This brought the total of their beautiful family up to fifteen. Fifteen! Many of us can’t even imagine that. But in their family, everyone does their part. The oldest daughter, for example, cares for one of her younger siblings as if she’s her own. She bakes bread for the family on a regular basis. She cooks many of the meals, lifting the burden from mom. And then there are other family members that jump in to help out. Sisters-in-law that come over and help cut out and sew new outfits for the family, or to make a meal, or simply to help wash dishes or help catch up on laundry.
Another Plain family near me recently experienced a potentially life-threatening emergency. Before the first responders even arrived, there were family members ready to assist in any way they could. In the wake of the accident, the community came together to help out with chores that could no longer be done due to injuries sustained.
Amish families often get together for barn raisings, tobacco harvesting, hog butchering, quilting, canning, and the list goes on.
What is it that you admire about Amish communities?
By the goodness and grace of GOD, Readers’ Favorite GOLD & SILVER Medal Book Award Winner J.E.B. Spredemann, Author of the beloved Amish by Accident and Amish Secrets series, was born and raised in California and now resides in beautiful southern Indiana Amish country. Amish by Accident (by J. Spredemann) was first released in November 2012, and the author held a steady spot in Amazon’s Top 100 Authors in Religion & Spirituality, topping out at #4. Find J.E.B. on Facebook or visit jebspredemann.com.