Alice's Testimony and Witness"I find G-d to be the ultimate reality of love, and I don't have to worry abut breaking that by questioning - G-d is the ultimate truth."
For me all the different kinds of witness spring out of one testimony. The source and life and power of our way is Jesus Christ, present with us to nurture, teach and lead us. All the expressions of truth, integrity, peace, plainness, simplicity, and so on come forth by following his example.
I have been dressing "distinctive plain" for a while. I own five dresses of the same pattern, and a bonnet. People ask me "are you a Quaker?" and have commented "that looks like a Quaker bonnet" and even "I see you're doing the Quaker thing full time now".
I find it hard to always look different, but it is for G-d and I offer it as devotion. I am willing to witness to Christ's transforming love in my life and how much difference it makes. In some ways it is good to dress plain: Christ has broken the bonds that fashion had on me and called me to live closer to Him. It is a daily reminder that Love is lord of all and how powerful G-d is to redeem me.
I have a great passion for the Quaker way. I experience it as primitive Christianity revived, and I am strongly connected to our roots through history in Quakers and the early church and I think we can be a people G-d has gathered to do His work. I love that we don't have to be afraid of breaking through religious dogma. I find G-d to be the ultimate reality of love, and I don't have to worry abut breaking that by questioning Ð G-d is the ultimate truth.
I publish a blog (personal website) "Public Quaker" at http://www.am464.net/ . I love the community of Quaker bloggers, there are lots of us and it creates a continuous conversation about being Quaker and living sacredly.
A photo of Alice:
She is not the only one. See also:
FRIENDS, All ye that have know the Way of Truth, and tasted of the Power of the same, and now turn back into the World's Fashions and Customs, ye stop them that are coming out of the World, ye make them to stumble at the Truth, ye make them to question the Way of the Lord, which is out of the Way of the World, and its Ways; and ye grieve the Righteous, and sadden the Hearts of the Upright and Simple. Ye had better, ye had never known the Way of Light, Life and Power, . . . and a hard thing it will be for any of you ...
I am not Amish or Mennonite, but some people who come to my website are interested in knowing more about these groups. I can recommend these books as authoritative and relatively inexpensive sources of further information.