Take a close look at this statue. Know what it's made of? Car bumpers! It's in the very nearby city of Charlottesville, and we affectionatly refer to him as "Bumper Man". He ponders in front of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and was made by a priest, Father Henry Mascotte, in the 1960's. It depicts a meditating Thomas Aquinas, and was created totally out of car bumpers and auto salvage. Being Mennonite, I have many Mennonite/Amish stories, and here's one about bumpers. There is an old order group of Mennonites who decided it was alright to use cars many years ago. No more buggies for them. But the thing was, some cars were just so stylish and... well...worldly. All that flashy chrome, you know. So they bought cars as plain as they could find, and painted the bumpers, grilles, and hubcaps black. Small groups are still around in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and a few other states. And the secular world calls them "Black Bumper Mennonites". They're friendly, so say hi if you BUMP into one.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."