This past Sunday at my church was family day, which meant
that the children who are normally in children’s church during the sermon sat
with their parents and siblings in the adult service.
Usually, the youth wouldn’t be sitting in there, but both
the young adult leaders were not able to attend church because of personal
reasons, which is why the pastor decided to deliver a message focused on family
that would be meaningful, yet keep the attention of the younger members in the
pews next to their parents.
The main topic of the sermon was family talk, and the
minister accomplished getting his point across not only to the adults, but the
children, as well, by encouraging audience participation through showing several
objects and asking about their purpose.
For each individual point of his message, he either had a
little song or a picture to go along with it that would drive home his point of
how everyone is connected as a family through their love for God and one
While listening to the sermon, I couldn’t help but think of
how those individuals involved in the farming and agriculture community form a
family all of their own and are there to lend a helping hand, or tractor, if a
neighbor is in need.
Although some individuals never will truly understand the
passion and dedication those involved in the agriculture industry put into their
operations on a daily basis, whether they focus on livestock or grain, despite
what conditions Mother Nature is unleashing outside or how tired they might be,
a farmer’s job is never done.
Just because it may be a holiday, such as Christmas or
Thanksgiving, that doesn’t mean a producer gets to sleep in or sit in front of a
television watching the big game, because the animals in his or her barn, which
are their livelihood and the way they support their family, don’t take a day off
from needing fed and watered.
Another reason those involved in farming form a family unit,
especially those associated with the Hoosier ag community, is because they rally
together to promote the importance of agriculture and eating foods grown locally
to consumers and those who may never have seen a sheep or pig in real life,
except for the ones on TV.
I have had the extreme pleasure of attending events where
members of different ag community groups, including beef, poultry and corn and
soybean, as well as representatives from the wool industry, come together to
host a special day just for elementary children to showcase everything
agriculture has to offer and why a farmer is so valuable.
It’s an incredible experience to watch these children
interact with industry experts and have fun learning about agriculture.