Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Grandma and The Unmuzzled Oxen

Vintage photo of farm hands eating lunch during harvest circa 1940.
Deuteronomy 24:19-22
English Standard Version (ESV)
19 “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 22 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

1 Timothy 5:18
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”
I have found memories of sitting around my grandmother's table eating alongside the hay hands she was feeding.  We ate so well, and I loved being a little girl stuck between happy men with big appetites.  She, who had spent at least one season cooking for loggers in a logging camp, knew well how to feed hungry men; and I was a gladly blessed recipient of her experience. My father told me that she fed the hungry wanderers who came to her door during the Great Depression, giving out of the farm's bounty.  Since it is yet fall, although it feels like winter, I wanted to give a shout out to Grandma, who is now feasting at the table set by her Lord.  
Well done, Grandma.  You were a good and faithful servant.  Your laborers were fed as well as your children and your grandchildren, and no one went away hungry from your table.  
In The Bounty of The Lord - Claire Holley

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