Finally…!

Sunday was a beautiful day. Warm and sunny and just right for taking a walk. In church that morning we sang the song “This is my Father’s World.” It fit the day perfectly. Hard to imagine us singing that a week earlier when everything was canceled due to a snow storm! It just wouldn’t have felt right.

So only a week ago we were walking around in fresh snow. Now the snow is gone, and the fruit buds are beginning to pop! We are seeing the first green leaves just poking out of the apple buds just in the last couple of days. Each of these tiny buds holds the flowers that could develop into 5 apples. And with the warmer weather, I guess they decided it’s time to emerge. It is amazing how those little buds can sit there wrapped up tight all winter, and then with a few warm days flip the switch and poke their little leaves out into the sun. How do they know?

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We are about two weeks behind average  right now, but we will begin to catch up quickly with the warm temperatures forecast for next week. Just in the last week we have gone from 20 days behind to 14 days behind normal!  We are busy pruning cherries and peaches now. Most years we wait to prune them until they begin to grow in the spring. Since they are more tender and sensitive to cold winter temperatures, we want to see which branches and buds are growing and which are not. It is easier to see and remove branches with winter damage that way. We will soon be planting trees as well when the soil is dry enough. When the weather warms up, it seems our “to do” list grows quickly too!

But even though we are really busy, all this week that song has been running through my head. So I’ll put a couple of verses here, and just maybe you will see what I have been seeing all week. In spite of all the work on the farm, Spring is amazing!

This is my Father’s world
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres
This is my Father’s world
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas
His hand the wonders wrought
This is my Father’s world
The birds their carols raise
The morning light, the lily white
Declare their maker’s praise
This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair
In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere
Have a fruitful week!
Tom Moelker
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6 thoughts on “Finally…!

  1. Ginny Wargel

    What an appropriate hymn for this time of year. Ty for reminding me to take time and read the words. Excited for all the goodies that will be coming soon!

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  2. dave holst

    thanks for the song it does refresh my heart,we know whose world it is! whing thoes green lodi’s were ready !! it won’t be long now….keep singing
    havit supplies…Dave

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  3. Nancy Kroeze

    Thanks, Tom! We listened to “This is my Father’s World” Sunday in relation to Revelation and the new heaven and the new earth. The last two verses are good too:

    This is my Father’s world,
    Oh, let me ne’er forget,
    that tho the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the Ruler yet!

    This is my Father’s world:
    The battle is not done:
    Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
    And earth and heaven be one.

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  4. Faith Heidsma

    Thanks Tom for the orchard up-date. I also appreciate the picture of the bud you describe, and the spiritual allegory it brings to mind…and the encouragement it infuses me with.
    Fruitful blessing to you and your villagel!

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