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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: 60 and 65 1/2 Anniversaries, 100 Anniversary, Cancelled Vote, 8 Followup Points, Labor Day Weekend

Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."

Rain keeps a come'n around these parts on a regular basis.

Some of the fruit, especially apples and peaches, are show'n ill affects of too much moisture, at least fer them.

60 and 65 1/2 Anniversaries

Congratulations to Sten and Dolores Hoffer in celebrating Saturday, August 20th, their 60th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations as well to Stuart and Barbara Kelly in celebrate'n on September 3rd their 65 1/2 years of marriage. They were married March 4, 1951.

As a reminder, don't forget the 2nd installment of Henderson Counties' Real Estate taxes are due Friday, September 2nd.

100th Anniversary

Best regards ta Stronghurst Grain and Merchandise in celebrate'n their 100th anniversary on Wednesday, September 7. I'm a look'n forward to their Ribeye Steak supper that night in conjunction with their annual stockholders meeting.

Cancelled Vote

Last week I wrote that I would try fer a discussion on "The Cancelled Vote." This topic is the result of thoughts shared with us fellers concern'n Pete Lewis and his reflections on the matter.

Pete told an elderly farmer endowed with an aggressive personality. As such, this farmer was constantly promote'n the virtues of his preferred political party. When election time rolled around, he would heartily extol the abilities and integrity of his favorite candidate.

On election day, however, a neighbor shared with the old timer cheerfully that he had just cancelled his vote, apparently have'n voted fer the opponent.

Pete, on the other hand, votes fer an extended period of time in a different manner...on his knees, simply ask'n God to provide a candidate of integrity who would seek His counsel. Pete leaves the choice up to Him in the confidence that "He removeth kings, and setteth up kings" (Daniel 2:21), and that "the most high ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men" (Daniel 4:17). Pete feels, unlike the old farmer's vote, his vote cannot be cancelled.

God's word exhorts us ta pray fer, intercede fer, and give thanks fer "all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Timothy 2:2).

Pete realizes that in much of the world such a life is not possible and that helps him ta appreciate the importance of prayin' in this way.

Although Pete may not be in favor of many political decisions that are made today, he continues ta remember that his realm of warfare is spiritual, not political, that is where he is exert'n his efforts.

Pete quotes, "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16.

There ya have it then, thoughts last week and this from two fellers, Don Reid and Peter Lewis. Here in review are eight points from their angle of view:

8 Follow Up Points

As we hear alarm'n reports attack'n the characters of the presidential candidates, it would be well to consider a few more important points:

And there ya have it then, some enterest'n thoughts and conclusions from two men of different backgrounds from separate parts of the country relate'n to elections in general and this year in particular.

Labor Day Weekend

This come'n weekend is Labor day weekend with many activities in nearby Iowa and here in Western Illinois. Enjoy the activities and travel safely both to and fro.

In the mean time I'm sure the boys and I are a gonna have some enterest'n discussions on the points of view shared with us from Don and Pete.

I reckon it will require more than one jaw'n session before even come'n close to figure'n it all out, if'n we ever can come to a unanimous conclusion.

Have a good rest of the week and remember to take time to visit friends and neighbors, especially those in the hospital or nurse'n home.

We have much ta be thankful fer!

Hope'n to see youn's in church this week.

Remember Wherever Ya are, Whatever ya be a do'n, "BE A GOOD ONE!"

Keep on Smile'n

Catch a later

Barnyard Bruke