“Then celebrate the Festival of Harvest to honor the LORD your God. Bring him a voluntary offering in proportion to the blessings you have received from him… for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work.”
** This BEE-autiful video is from Alive and Well in Kansas. And if you haven’t checked out her blog, please do! (GREAT instagram feed also, just in case you wonder where your food comes from!)
I love the story of Joseph, of Technicolor coat fame. He’s also the one that had the bright idea to build large storehouses to put up the grain for the seven bumper-crop years and then portion it out during the famine (also of seven years.) And Joseph was in charge of the storehouses, which made him a powerful entity, but without this plan the people would have been goners.
So it turned out to be a pretty good plan.
Here in the rural Midwest, storehouses are also used. And you don’t TOUCH the grain until the farmer says it’s time. Only he wields the authority as to when the grain is supposed to come out and how much and for what use. One does not question the wisdom of the farmer.
This spring I put in a new garden. I’ve already blogged somewhere about it, so I’ll spare the details, but to say it’s back-breaking work (fine, I’ll admit it—especially for this aging back) is without question. I’ve done it, however, with the hopeful expectation of an improved harvest.
If I’ve learned one thing living in America’s Heartland, it’s that farmers are possibly some of THE hardest working individuals on the planet. Their hands are not soft, and the ball caps on their heads are not nice and clean. During harvest, they work dawn to dusk (sometimes beyond that), and it takes not only Continue reading “Don’t bother washing the hat”