What is it about long weekends that seems to bring out the “ugh factor” in me?
Oh! Now I remember! It’s that obscure little thing that people refer to as “spare time“… You know, the one where we say “I’ll do ___________ (fill in the blank) whenever I get some spare time!” Yep, that’s the one!
Normal weekends at our house are, for the most part, way more relaxed than so called “holiday weekends”. Is it this way for you too? Around the SongSix3 farm, our Saturdays are the one day of the week when either Tiffani or I gets to sleep in. We have a really cool arrangement where we trade Saturdays. She sleeps in one Saturday while I get up with the kiddos, and then next weekend we swap it. We TRY to let the other sleep as long as they want to, as long as life events allow for it. Sundays for us revolve around the weekly celebration of Jesus at our church. Since I am the senior worship leader, and I run all rehearsals, Sundays begin for me at roughly 6am – almost without exception. And more often than not, we’re either going to someone’s house or they’re coming to ours after service for a cookout and fellowship. We love our Saturdays, and we don’t begrudge our Sundays. They are the way they are, and we long ago accepted that this is how life will be for us.
Now, holiday weekends are definitely very different around here! Often we have multiple family members asking us to attend their particular gathering for whatever holiday it is. We also try to use the extended time that I’m not at my regular day job to do tasks around the farm that have been neglected. Cleaning out the barn, mowing down the fields, weed-eating 2.5 acres of fenceline, painting rooms, cleaning out garages, repairs on animal trailers, taking out groundhogs & other predators with a pellet rifle, and so on, and so on… There is NO END to the work to be done around a very small farm. I can only imagine what farmers with hundreds of acres and large flocks of animals must go through on a daily basis!
In the case of this particular weekend – Saturday, I will be helping my eldest son pickup a 37′ pull-behind RV trailer and haul it 110 miles to our farm for safe-keeping, until his new property (a.k.a. “The Jungle”) has been cleared, and there’s room to set it up. Sunday is dedicated to church and fellowship, as I described earlier. And on Monday Tiffani and I will be working closely with another couple from our church for the entire day, “processing” chickens. That’s a really fancy way of saying that we’ll be turning live yard birds into roaster birds with which to stock our freezers. (Out of respect for those with queasy stomachs, I’ll leave the rest of the details to your imagination!) Between us, our friends, and another of their friends bringing their birds over, we’ll have approximately one hundred birds to work on. The only machine we’ll have is the de-featherer. Otherwise, the process is all done by hand. So it is going to be ONE LOOOOOONG DAY!
What we will also be doing on Monday is remembering the REAL reason for the holiday. This day was originally referred to as “Decoration Day“, and was intended to remember the soldiers who died in the Civil War – both blue and gray. Later this day was officially dubbed “Memorial Day“, and extended to a remembrance of ALL Americans who have died while serving our country militarily. So many have given up their own freedom, and even their very lives, to allow the citizens of America to enjoy the freedoms we have. It seems that daily I read more news about how various entities are working to strip those freedoms away, bit by bit.
So while you’re grilling burgers, playing yard games, hanging out with friends and family during this Memorial Day weekend – remember to take time out and reflect on those who have given all to protect us… and pray for their families who miss them in such a personal way. Pray also for the leaders of this country, that they would get our ship turned away from the divisive, destructive track we seem to be on.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 – First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
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