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Monday, June 23 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Mondays are rough on anyone, but transitioning from coffee ice cream and swimming holes on ethereal summer days back to weeding is a bit of a letdown. But hey, someone’s gotta do it, and the flower in the row we cleared last week look so much happier. We had our weekly 10:00 a.m. meeting and came up with a long list of projects to keep everyone busy. Grandpa ran errands in Durham, Grandma went to her sewing class, and Dillan and Chris tried to move a couple Dexters up to the barn in preparation for their trip to the beauty parlor (Woodcrest-speak for the butcher shop). They were unsuccessful, but hopefully the hay we put out will lure them. Megan, Ryan, Beth, and I harvested squash and green beans and prepared several rows in the hoophouse for a second planting.

Next, Grandpa and I slaughtered eight rabbits for a customer who owns an Indian restaurant. Or I should say Grandpa did seven of them and I butchered (literally and figuratively) one of them. I continue to be struck with the mystery of death when I observe and assist in this process. While I definitely do not enjoy it, I feel like I have a clearer grasp on sacrifice and atonement. Innocent blood was shed today, albeit in a highly respectful manner, and I was the perpetrator. The shadows fell across the barn while Grandpa worked, and the blending of golden light and dusty darkness is a perfect picture of the state of my heart. This rabbit died in order that someone else might be nourished and live. In the same way, Christ died so that I might be made whole. Before resurrection must come the burial.

“How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,

that He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure…”

“It was my sin that held Him there, until it was accomplished,                                                                                                     His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished…”

 

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