In a recent post titled “Peaceful“, we related a story of a visitor to our farm.  After spending a little time with the herd our visitor mentioned “this is peaceful”.  We feel blessed to have the opportunity to work in God’s creation with our small Grassfed beef herd.

Looking for a little “peace” in the hustle and bustle of life?  Contact us for a farm visit.

  • Walk/Hike the pasture
  • Identify tallgrass prairie grasses and flowers
  • Bird watch
  • Bring a lawn chair and sit with the herd
Four generations of cattle in one herd. Our little peace here on earth.

Four generations of cattle in one herd. A little peace here on earth.

Many people turn to the outdoors and creation for relaxation and peace.  For true peace, we hope you took sometime this past weekend to worship and celebrate with family & friends the birth of Christ, when the Creator visited the earth.

For we saw his star when it rose...

For we saw his star when it rose…

Matthew 2:1-2English Standard Version (ESV)

The Visit of the Wise Men

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

 

 

Our cattle arrived as yearlings in July 2011, ten heifers and one bull.  May 9, 2013 our first calf was born.  This firstborn calf was a true miracle, a gift from God, which has now been repeated a number of times over the past three calving seasons.

Our firstborn calf at mom's side on 5/9/13, a gift from God.

Our firstborn calf at mom’s side on 5/9/13, a gift from God.

In the Old Testament the firstborn refers to animals and belong to the Lord.  Firstfruits refers to what comes from the soil.  Both the firstborn and firstfruits are a gift from God, we cannot create livestock or crops, only God.  To claim a calf or a grape is the result of evolution is not observable science.  It has been observed over the past 100 years, billions of chicken eggs have hatched in the USA and every time a chicken comes out, no evolution into a different “being”.

Sure we work to be good stewards of this cow herd.  We plan daily access to water, mineral and forages but beyond that, God and the cows do the rest.  When we have intervened, with good intentions, the results have been mixed.  What looked like benefits of our intervention at the time, long term has resulted in handicaps.   For one explanation of this reality see “Antifragile” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.  We are always trying to move toward the natural order that God has designed.  This is difficult, we humans like to get involved and think we are doing some good when we just cannot anticipate all the variables.

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Firstborn calf grazing with mom at his side as a grown steer 10/10/15. Our herd is mainly polled. This firstborn calf is the only animal to express horns to date.

Back to our Old Testament discussion.  This claim by God for the firstborn was to point people toward the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  Prior to Jesus death and resurrection, people had God’s promise of a Savior to look forward to for their salvation.  Today we have the historical truth (evidence based on manuscript, archeological, prophecy and statistics) to look back that the promise has been fulfilled for our salvation.

On October 13, 2015 our firstborn calf will be butchered as a 29 month old steer.  We thank God for the opportunity he gave us to raise these animals and pray that the harvest will reach those who are in need of the nourishment provided.  All glory to God, Amen.

Merry Christmas, celebrate his birth!  No, that is not our farm in the background.

Merry Christmas, Doug, Sheila, Nathan and Jacob. No, that is not our farm in the background.

Luke 2:1-20English Standard Version (ESV) (BibleGateway.com)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[c]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Listen to Luke 2 (6 minutes 41 seconds) by Max McLean via BibleGateway.com.