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Sunday, July 5, 2020

This past Sunday on a walk along a trail which edges our neighborhood, I spotted this nostalgic scene—a newly-mown pasture.

As you can see, this isn’t a lawn—the terrain is rough, and the grass is tougher and coarser than a neighborhood’s lawn would be. And unless I am very much mistaken, the mowing tool attached to the tractor was not a rotary mower, but a sickle mower.

I don’t know who owns this property, but if it were more rural and belonged to a farmer, he or she would eventually rake and bale this hay. As a kid, my dad had me ride an old farm rake (which looked like the ones you’ll see at a link at the end of this blog), while he drove the tractor it was attached to. At his signal, I was to pull a handle, which would raise the rake, leaving a line of hay lying on the pasture.

To me, the above scene gets right down to the essentials: a field, a mower, and nourishment for cattle. The Creator, of course, provides them all, and the farmer has faith that, barring unforeseen circumstances, this cycle will happen each year.

Faith is one of the Bible’s major themes. But it’s more complicated than you might think. To read some of what Scripture has to say about this essential spiritual element, and to learn how to increase your own faith, click the link just below. (And then below that you can see an example of the old farm rakes I rode as a kid.)

https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/topics/faith

And here’s the farm rake link:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&authuser=0&tbm=isch&sxsrf=ALeKk00iLQ2zUk-vWZX4M-FmJUxqOJ7R9Q%3A1593640203321&source=hp&biw=1344&bih=726&ei=CwX9Xvm9EeTi9APB3JGYCQ&q=old+farm+rake&oq=farm+rake&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQARgDMgIIADICCAAyBggAEAUQHjIGCAAQBRAeMgYIABAIEB4yBggAEAgQHjIGCAAQCBAeMgYIABAIEB4yBggAEAgQHjIGCAAQCBAeOgQIABAeUAtYpgVg3z5oAHAAeACAAWSIAdQCkgEDMy4xmAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img