The Feed Yard Foodie farm was lucky to not be in the path of last week’s winter storm. We received high winds and cold temperatures, but were blessedly missed by the blizzard. My heart hurts for all of those folks who lost livestock in the storm. The devastation is horrific, and this type of event always leaves me asking “Why”.
All of us face challenges in our lives. That is something that we share regardless of our address or occupation. I believe that the way that we deal with those challenges shows both our personal character and what role faith plays in our hearts.
The prayer below found me on Facebook last night. I was struck at the beauty of the words, the tenacity of the writer, and the tremendous faith that the prayer demonstrates. Every where that we look, there are people in need. I encourage you today to share a bit of kindness—a bit of yourself—with someone who could use a helping hand.
Many thanks to Bobette Schofield for sharing these beautiful words. They touched my heart and reminded me of the true strength that is found in faith.
The Rancher’s Prayer
The rancher looked toward heaven
And said, “God where have you been?
Do you know we had a blizzard,
With rain and snow and wind?
You know I built this herd of mine____
With blood and sweat and tears.
You know the work and worry,
As I struggled through the years.
Now as I stand and look around,
I see that it is gone.
I don’t know if I have the strength
To rebuild or go on.”
God looked down from heaven____
Saw the pain there in his eyes.
He heard the sadness in his voice.
He knew the sacrifice.
He said, “My son, you’re not alone.
I’m walking there with you____
I’ll give you all the strength you need
For what you have to do.
I’ll give you courage to go on,
Through all this loss and pain.
I’ll give you hope to start once more,
And build your herd again.
I know that this is who you are____
And not just what you do.
And as you’re making your fresh start,
I’ll be right there with you.
Do not think this is a failure,
Or that you’ve done something wrong.
You’re an example of the spirit
That makes South Dakota strong.
So stand up straight and tall my son,
For I have faith in you.
Put yesterday behind you now,
For we’ve got work to do!”