Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cattle Calls

The cattle are lowing
The Baby awakes

Well, the cattle weren’t lowing, they were bellowing as they crossed through the pushed down barbed wire. And, it wasn’t the Christ child that was awakened, it was me. Wrong time, too, at 2:20 am.

Our across the street neighbor has the start of a good pipe fence – the top and the uprights. Then he stretched three strands of barbed wire to hold in his two head of cattle. Didn’t work. Thursday night the bull was out as we drove into the lane. Fortunately, the neighbor was the car ahead of us and returned the escapee to his field.

Unfortunately, either he wasn’t home this night or left this morning without noticing the culprit. So, the bull and heifer were over visiting in our yard. Also unfortunately, our Angus Lowline bull doesn’t like the visitor.

Our window was open when the visitors bellowed and the very first thought through my mind was that sound is not lowing. Once I thought that, the song began flowing.

We’re getting close to Easter, so I think it would be appropriate to consider our Lord’s birth for a bit. A thorough study of prophecies would stretch much longer than the guidelines I’ve set for my blogs. My favorites about his birth are that He will come from David’s line (Isaiah 11:1), born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:9) and His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14).

His death was also prophesied. Isaiah tells of how He would be scourged while Matthew tells of how He was beaten. Zechariah tells us He would be pierced while John describes how He was, with a spear. Psalms tells of the garments to be divided and gambled and Matthew and Mark tell of the soldiers who did so.

Christ prophesied about His resurrection. That is the event we celebrate each Easter, and each and every first day of the week of the year.

This is the basis of Christianity. Not the birth of Christ, nor just the death of Christ but of His resurrection.

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (1 Corinthians 15:13-14 KJV)

Paul walked the paths of logic through these verses.

And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17 KJV)

Paul knew that Christ had risen for they met on the road to Damascus. After that, Paul spent every moment of his life restating over and over the truth he had to tell.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:20 KJV)

That’s the source of our faith. And I spend every moment of my life showing my Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV)

(Not our current herd -- this photo was taken when we had full size Angus)

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