It was my joy and great experience to visit my grandfather’s farm in northwest Pennsylvania during the summers. The few trips were in the 1940s. Usually Grandfather was not there as he was pastoring at a church outside the city of Pittsburgh, PA. My Mother, my brother Blair, and I would go to the farm with my Aunt Ethel (Hemans) Pripton, Uncle John Pripton, and their son, Jack. There was another Uncle Almer (Hemans) along, and he was a science teacher. This was not a working farm so under the supervision of Uncle Almer, we helped out (and got paid a small sum) on a friend’s vegetable stand! At the end of a long day of work, we swam in the nearby “Little Shenago River.” It was on the farm that I learned that WWII was over and that my Father would come home. He served as a Chaplain in the war overseas.
We attended the Hadley yearly Carnival, and we went to a Hemans Family reunion there once while we were there on the Farm. All of this was mixed with more time at the swimming hole and some rather wild rides down the hill on an old, large wagon. Uncle Almer, along with two of his children our ages, took us on exciting trips into the little towns and the wooded areas. On these trips we learned about some of the wonderful creatures formed by the hand of God. He knew about trees, animals, birds, vegetation, and we even made a moss garden in a round glass container. We thought Uncle Almer knew just about everything. He was a wise and learned man, and he knew Christ as his Saviour.
I was privileged to have Uncle Almer connect this wonderful Creation to God. As a child about ten years old, I loved those exciting days on the farm. I also believe that it was partly through the influence of my uncle, I too became much more interested in the wonderful works of the Lord in Creation, and it was a factor in my vocation as a Medical Technologist. I am thankful that I trusted Christ as my Saviour at a young age and have had the joy of serving Him in local churches that we have attended. I trust you are in a Bible preaching church. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 (1) We need to assemble in church to learn; (2) we need to encourage others to come to church to learn. And (3) it might be that especially during this time of year, we can stop and look to see the miracle of God’s creation all around us.