Confession time … ?
Let’s face it, most rare breeds are rare for a reason … and sometimes that means they get looked down on, so it almost feels like a confession to say that I used to keep rare breeds of pig. But to be perfectly honest, I had a job for them.
With changing times, the call for such light pigs and such fatty pigs as met the earlier demand fell away. There’s always a REASON that rare breeds are rare!
I discovered that Berkshires made a pretty unique sausage, and there was money to be made that way … but that was some time ago!
Looked useless, but had real job to do
So the rare old Berkshire pig looked as if it had been left behind by changing times, but turned out to have a very relevant and useful job still left to do …
And mebbe it’s time for many of us to bring the ‘old’ Jesus into 21st century living today …
Why’s a Chaplaincy making this point?
It’s a serious mistake to write something off just because it’s old
The fact that a solution has a history is no reason to write it off … it may have a very useful job to do yet in these days. It may be old because it’s stood the test of time, like … the wheel, for example!
Something that’s rare (or just unique) is not bound to be irrelevant
Only one person can deal with guilt, solve the riddles of life and then the problem of death, but the uniqueness of Jesus Christ doesn’t leave Him irrelevant or useless or unable to help … and around the world He’s helping millions of people meet the challenges of their day to day lives.
Taking another more profitable look
I needed to take another look at the Berkshire, because there was a use for it many had missed.
Take another look at the uniqueness of Jesus Christ … because right in the middle of the dairy and lamb price crises, struggling to break free from TB, wrestling with banks and against supermarkets, farming people all around you are re-discovering quite a lot Christ does for them that they had missed.
Taking the job one step further …
We have informal midweek farmhouse meetings all over this area where you can get amongst farming people who are working out what it means to be living and farming God’s way.
Wherever you see the Rev. you can talk – you’ll find him in marts at Carmarthen, Llandeilo and Llandovery each week. Don’t hold back. He’s paid to rise to a challenge!
Wherever you see the Landrover you’ll find loads of our free audio and video resources to download to your phone – we can help with that!
Or find Grace Rural Wales partnership on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (@WelshRev) and follow the movements of the Landrover using #DefenderofTheFaith #DotF
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(Check the calendar on the website for those farmhouse meetings and what’s on)