Some people find that endings are sad. Think about the words we use. “It’s done! Finished! No more!”
For some, these words give the feeling of a loss of something which will leave a gap; but the space left by an ending is usually filled with the excitement of a new beginning.
As we round out the year here, we have gone through many endings, such as the sale of our farm in Connecticut and Roy leaving his career that started before we were married. The loss of our old life in Connecticut has made way for the wonder and thrill of beginning a new life in Pennsylvania. And of course as Christians, we mark the end of the year with Christmas, celebrating the birth of the Christ, the ultimate new beginning!
Farming is filled with many opportunities to see this cycle of endings and beginnings. The photograph below shows our wonderful neighbor Steve mowing our hilly pasture so that the grass can begin to grow again in the spring with fresh new growth. Mowing the pasture produces decaying mulch that eventually adds new topsoil, and the rootlets dying back under the soil leave capillary spaces that will soak up the water in spring like a sponge, encouraging new growth to burst forth.
Soon we hope to be able to produce these results with sheep slowly grazing the pasture, rather than having to burn all that diesel to make way for the spring. This cycle of endings making way for new beginnings, the loss of the old supporting a new beginning, is the way of nature, the way that God designed it. And it IS good!
And speaking of new, we showed you the start of the new barn in the previous blog. Things have advanced significantly in a very short time, assisted by new ways of doing things. Below you can see the placement of preformed rafters creating a roof structure in about 3 hours! With the crane mounted on the front of the trailer, this process takes a fraction of the time it used to take.
And here, the first pieces of siding are placed on the wall. Bear in mind that it is currently about 16 degrees with a 15 mph wind, so we are in awe of the builders who are braving these inclement conditions to contiue erecting our barn. It was tough enough to go outside and take these pictures, let alone spend a day working out there. Their laconic understatement was only, “Things would probably go a bit quicker if it was a bit warmer!”
One thing that doesn’t change around here is the beauty of God’s creation. The starkness of the winter landscape we know now will give way to the freshness of the burgeoning spring, and a magnificent sunset like this will lead to a wonderful new day.
The old adage “God is in His Heaven and it is good” is certainly true and is worthwhile meditating upon in this season where things look cold and stark and dead, because we know what is really happening. And it really is good.
We at Morning Star Meadows Farm hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy and exciting New Year!