So God Made a Farmer

Thank you for your prayers, cards and expressions of condolences over the passing of Sue’s Father last week. On the back of his Memorial Service bulletin was a piece presented by Paul Harvey (revised) in 1978. “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker” so God made a Farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board” so God made a Farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn calf, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say, “Maybe next year.” I need somebody who can tame cantankerous machinery, who an shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of bale string, feed sacks and shoe scraps; who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, and then pain’n from tractor back, put in another seventy-two hours” so God made a Farmer. God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds, and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first sign of smoke from a neighbor’s place so God made a Farmer. God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave hay bales, yet gentle enough to hold his newborn grandchild; who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark.” It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight and not cut corners; somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a twenty-five mile drive to church so God made a Farmer. God had to have somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says that he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does” so God made a Farmer.”              

Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra