“Minnesota’s first shipment of spring wheat is warmly received in Chicago–marking the start of an agricultural export that will become King in coming years. Production grows wildly as railroads connect farms to inland markets.” *
“Minnesota or that part of it known as Cottage Grove has gone to wheat. Men work in wheat all day when it does not rain, lounge round talking about wheat when it is wet, dream about wheat at night, and I fear go to meeting Sabbath Day to think about wheat.”
-Rev. George Biscoe, in a letter to his sister, August 21, 1862.*
Jesus, thank you for the blessing spring wheat has been to our state! Imagine how miraculous it felt to find a strain of grain that liked northern climes and short summers? Thank You for their generous yields, and the kind and rich soil that produced them! Thank you for ability of farmers, past and present, to focus on the work You have given them. Will You continue to bless the farmer of Minnesota, and everyone who works to bring our food to market?
Will You forgive the judgments the farmers of MInnesota have made against You? Will You forgive our grumblings about the weather, the length of the seasons, and any other rash words we have spoken against You? Will You forgive the judgments made between farmer and city-folk? Will You forgive us when we allow our passions to overtake us; even something as innocent as a desire for better grain?
*P.T.H. cites timeline formerly at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm
The Minnesota Historical Society Web site, http://www.mnhs.org , is fantastic! Check it out!
4 thoughts on “King Wheat ”
This is an unusual post because it is not often that you see people being sorry for complaining. I think we have gotten so used to the complaining that we not even realize that we are doing so.
Thanks FL! I want to practice gratitude. Lived with a bi-polar family member for a decade who could see no good in the world. A good lesson for a teen; if I look for good in people, it’s there, if I look for the bad, I will surely find it!
Yes that is a great outlook on life…practice that and no
one can steal your joy
Cultivating gratitude brings joy to the heart and helps us to obey the Scripture “to do all things without grumbling and complaint.” (Phil. 2:14)