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Although he died four years ago this month, the immortal story-telling of Paul Harvey lived on recently in the form of the Superbowl advertisement above.

Paul Harvey (according to Wikepedia) first shared his writing of “So God Made a Farmer” at a Future Farmers of America convention in 1975. It really is a beautiful tribute to those who work the land, and raise the beasts that are part of our physical sustenance. And the people who put the images together for the ad, created a beautiful montage of farmers, farming and the land.

After watching the ad, I went to Genesis to read the Biblical foundation for not just the responsibility of farmers for our Earth … the land … the beasts, but also the responsibility of all humankind for the same.

“God spoke:
“Let us make human beings in our image,
make them reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

Then God said, “I’ve given you
every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
And there it was.

God looked over everything he had made;
it was so good, so very good!
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Six.”
Genesis 1:27-31

I have heard and seen so much information lately about ethical farming, genetically altered seeds, and cruelty to animals, that I could almost start to think ill of the farming/agricultural industry. Certainly, for the good of ourselves, and the Earth itself, we need to have our eyes opened to such images-1realities that do occur.

But, we also have to remember the people, the individuals, that we know, who raise animals, and plants, who work the land, and feed our bellies. I can say that the farmers of beasts, plants and land that I know are honorable, valuable and responsible in the fulfillment of their tasks.

Although farmers work the land, raise and care for living beasts each and every day, it is a calling given from Creator of man to all created man.

While watching the PBS series, “Downton Abbey,” I was reminded of that human responsibility (perhaps even stewardship) in the words of patriarch Robert Crawley:

“my fortune is the work of others who labored to build a great dynasty,
do I have the right to destroy their work or impoverish that dynasty?
I am a custodian my dear, not an owner.
I must strive to be worthy of the task I’ve been set.”

And the account in Genesis would indicate that we all need to strive to be worthy of the caretaker task that has been set before us. It truly is a message given:

“To the farmer in all of us.”

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“A Billion Act of Green”

This is the campaign theme for Earth Day, to be celebrated, tomorrow, around the world. I believe it has been celebrated, annually, since 1970 … that’s a l o n g time … it’s only a year younger than me! (and I’m archaic)

Tomorrow is also Good Friday, certainly one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar. It is celebrated around the world, annually, since … hum, thousands of years ago (it kinda makes me feel young again).

Two important celebrations, both on the same day … very interesting …

This post began when I was perusing my calendar, wondering what I had forgotten to do, where I had forgotten to go … yesterday! I tend to be a ‘bit’ (ha! ha! ha!) of a procrastinator (can we say, understatement?). And I noticed that Good Friday and Earth Day were both on the same, April 22, 2011 date. And I thought … how odd.

But is it odd? Is it wrong? Is it contrast? I don’t think so.

As a Christian, and especially, as one who loves the wonder of the created, I can relate to a respecting of our Earth, and it’s resources. I understand the value of conservation. I value, and enjoy green! I love green so much that I just let the moss cover my lawn (I live in a rainforest … if it hints it might be a fungus … not fun guy … it grows … everywhere!). It is green in the driest drought, it never needs to be watered, and is always soft on my tootsies! But, I digress.

There are so many experts out there … on both issues. But I think I know someone who knew far more about being ‘green’ and being ‘Christian’ … my grandmother.

Now she was no activist, nor did she contribute her hard earned quilting money to environmental groups, nor did she ‘buy green’ (for that matter she didn’t buy greens either … she grew them!). But she was one who understood what it was to conserve.

I don’t know if she ever used the word ‘sustainability’, or, for that matter, I do not know if she would have known what it meant. What she did understand, very well, was stewardship.

I think she is my greatest life model of both, and environmentalist, and a Christian. She was amazing at making something out of nothing, whether it was food, or clothing or home decor. But she did what she did, first out of necessity, but also out of moral responsibility. But her moral responsibility came, not from a love for the Earth, but for it’s Creator.

To be a good steward, for her, was to use the resources that God gave her in a responsible and God-honoring manner. She didn’t need a someone who held a placard telling her to take care of our future, she just DID IT, because, as a Christian, that was the right thing to do.

Maybe, if our Earth were ‘littered’ with people who acted out of a love for the Earth’s Creator, then the Earth, and all it’s inhabitants, would have a brighter future?

Just sayin’…

This is my Father’s world,
oh let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world,
the battle is not done.
Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied
and earth and heaven be one

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