Category Archives: Farm Diary

Epiphany 3 C: The World’s Wordless Whispers

The readings for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany are: Old Testament      Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Psalm                    Psalm 19 New Testament     1 Corinthians 12:12–31a Gospel                   Luke 4:14–21 The whole idea of the Epiphany season of the … Continue reading

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Yes It’s Cold, Windy, and Slippery…But

Daughter lives in Florida, where it’s right now in the 70s. Son lives in California where it’s just about 60. We live in northern Illinois where it bounces between a wind chill of minus 20 and just above freezing. Why … Continue reading

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Max and Being Home

Being at home is essential to being. We humans aren’t human without it; and dogs aren’t real dogs without a home either. We do well to bear this truth about humanity when we think of the homeless in encampments in … Continue reading

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“It’s Life!” Happy New Sheep Year!

Do you want a hint about the secret to hopefulness in dismal, pandemic times? Talk to a shepherd or a shepherd’s family looking forward to lambing time. They may anticipate days or even weeks of hard work and sleepless days … Continue reading

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Emergence of Winter Wheat

Martin Luther was smart enough to remember what we all forget. Every day we forget how great life can be if we live to the potential God has built into us. Sadder still, we forget how much God does to … Continue reading

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Pentecost 8B: Tucker Carlson, Vaccines, and the Gathering God

The readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Jeremiah 23:1–6 Psalm                    Psalm 23 New Testament     Ephesians 2:11–22 Gospel                   Mark 6:30–34, 53–56 Well, the latest, is that Tucker Carlson has told his loyal followers … Continue reading

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Fresh Blessings of Spring

In the darkest days of the siege of Jerusalem–surrounded by the miseries of starvation and spiritual despair, the author of Lamentations wrote that the Lord’s mercies never end, but they are new every morning. If this witness could see fresh … Continue reading

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It’s Life! Lambs at Heatherhope

Consideration of torn ligaments, aching joints and joint replacements have caused Connie and me to not breed and lamb these past couple of years. The absence of lambs has left a hollowness in our lives each spring. Because, like all … Continue reading

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Enough snow and wind!

Zac and Betty looked like ghosts. Temperature about 5 degrees, going down to 15 below later this week. Wind from 25 to 45 miles an hour. Drifts up to my waist. Lots of profanity as I try to open gates, … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve B: On Them Light Has Shined

The First Reading for Christmas Eve is Isaiah 9:2-7, which starts with this oracle: 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. Here … Continue reading

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