Clean-up continues

Tuesday, November 21, 2012

The cleaning of the equipment continues today, for it is quite warm for a November day in southern Indiana–63F.   The winds are calm, making for a more pleasant time to wash stuff.

John is starting at the top of the new dryer, washing the surfaces to extend the useful life of this expensive machine.

Philip is washing the JD 9770 with soap and water, brushing the surfaces to scrub them clean. When finished, it will sparkle like new. Dad always taught us, “take care of your equipment, and it will take care of you.”

Brandon is running the vacuum in the cab of the 9360R tractor. We want to practice ‘good housekeeping’. Who likes to ride in a dirty or dusty cab environment?

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday–Thanksgiving.  Of course, I really like the traditional Thanksgiving meal– the turkey, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cranberry relish…. followed by the pumpkin pie.  But more than that, I appreciate the attitude this holiday fosters.  Even the most cynical person is encouraged to show gratitude for the good things in his life.  For many people, thankfulness comes easy and we often realize that we should ‘count our many blessings’.  For others, it may take some introspection to realize that we can find some reason to express appreciation.

I love that the historical perspective of this holiday is rooted in American culture.  I realize that culture has evolved over the decades, and not always in a positive way, but I hope we never lose our underlying sense that all good things flow from the divine providence of God.  In this family, at the very least, we give thanks to God, not only on this holiday, but every day.  We know that in every circumstance God is working for our benefit and His glory.  No matter if the crop is diminished by drought as in 2012, or if it is an abundant harvest, God brings blessing if we only recognize it.  Most of all we are thankful for Jesus, for in Him we have our eternal hope.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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