Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Blessings

"God Made a Farmer"
by Paul Harvey

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 to get up before dawn and milk cows 

and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper 
and then go to town and stay past midnight 
at a meeting of the school board. 
So, God made a farmer!
I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rustle a calf, 
yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. 
Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, 
come home hungry and have to wait for lunch 
until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies 
and telling them to be sure to come back real soon...and mean it. 
So, God made a farmer!
God said "I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, 

shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire make a harness out of hay wire, 
feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, at planting time and 
harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. 
Then, painin’ 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 on mid-field and race to help when he sees 
the first smoke from a neighbor's place. 
So, God made a farmer!
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, 

heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs 
and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets...
and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend 
the broken leg of a meadow lark. 
So, God made a farmer!
It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight...

and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, 
feed and breed...and rake and disc and plow and plant 
and tie the fleece and strain the milk. 
Somebody to replenish the self-feeder and then 
finish a hard day’s work with a five mile drive to church. 
Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong 
bonds of sharing, who'd laugh and then sigh...
and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says 
he wants to spend his life "doing what dad does". 
So, God made a farmer!

To all farmers, everywhere,  
as we pray for a year of blessings & bounty.
May your crops be healthy & plentiful.
Thank you for all you do all year, every year.

16 comments:

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    1. Absolutely. It always makes me cry, from the first time I heard him read it. It is so true. I have a great respect for farmers, and come from a long line of them.

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  2. That was absolutely fabulous. I loved it and I always have loved anything that Paul Harvey did. He was awesome.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. Thanks, Sandee. I think Paul did a stellar job with this, and the video just brings it Home.

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  3. Paul Harvey always has some great insights.

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    1. He was an amazing man in his insights and delivery.

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  5. This is one of my absolute FAVORITE videos. It's especially precious to me as I come from a family of farmers.

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    1. I knew you would appreciate it, Beth!

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  6. I love this piece! I too come from generations of farmers on both sides of my family. I grew up in a farming community and my father owned a farm equipment dealership. Paul Harvey was a staple in our house growing up, this certainly brings back those memories, thanks for sharing! These are perfect thoughts to celebrate Spring!

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    1. Paul Harvey is an American staple. He deserves to be!

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  7. A tough job that few really understand unless they have been up at all hours foaling, keeping the smudge pots filled at 3am to ward of the freeze, hitting their heads against a post when the water source is diverted and the crops allowed to die...
    God does love those farmers and hears their prayers

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    1. I have no doubt. They deserve every bit of love, respect & appreciation.

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