Horse Pulling at the State Fair

Just when you think you’ve seen it all at the fair, you enter the International Horse Pavilion in time for the horse pull. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the butterfly house was impressive, but this was unexpected entertainment. The place was packed at 7pm. At first, it looked like the teams of horses were going to drag a truck across the sand. Then they did. There was the optional first event. You could have your two horse team pull the 3,000 lbs load just to warm up. Most passed on that event. But some actually did the extra work. Extra work? What’s up with that?  These must have been the ADD horses. Then, every team did the 3,250 lbs event. The problem with watching the horse pull event is that you identify with the horses. With every attempt, you’re pulling with the team. Your muscles are aching, straining, horsesgrunting.  I had to leave after the first hour. I was exhausted. It was time to head back to the butterfly house.

This Sunday is Labor Day weekend and our combined worship service is at our church. The theme has to do with our work. Work can be like a horse pull or a calling. They say the horses love their work. They did seem enthusiastic, I must say.  Let’s think about what the scriptures say about our work this Sunday.

Last Sunday, we finished the series on the Psalms with Psalm 130, the prayer of desperation that is especially useful when we are in the “depths”. The prayer includes some words addressed to the psalmist himself.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

We welcomed new members and celebrated with Anne her 90th birthday. It has been a summer filled with eventful Sunday mornings. You had to be there. Maybe you were.