Harvesting a Sense of Purpose

November 7, 2010 | 7 comments

Today, The Des Moines Register, publishes an essay in its opinion section that I wrote last month about our harvest.

The essay first appeared over at The High Calling, where I regularly write about the intersection of faith and work. And today, I’m honored that the Register is reprinting a revised version of that story, “From the Seat of a Tractor.”

The story is slightly recast to reflect the end of harvest, but its message is the same. This is the story of three farmers — one with a dying hope, one in need of help, and one who felt a call.

If you’d like to read the story, you can find it by clicking here.

May your Sabbath day, too, be filled with reminders of a harvest.

PHOTO: My favorite farmer and my Dad had such fun during their photo shoot with Mary Chind, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who traveled to our fields a week and a half ago. (Well, I had fun anyway. ~smile~)

by | November 7, 2010 | 7 comments


  1. Rod and Jean B

    Smiles – the devil made me do it!

    Is it right or write as spell checker sees both as correct?

    Good posts that we look forward to enjoy reading.

  2. Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus

    Thanks for the correction, Rod and Jean! I had the wrong word, wouldn't you know … I'm going in to edit it know. This is what I get for writing and NOT proofreading!


  3. Laura

    Your farmers are so cute!

    Congratulations again on the publication of your article, Jennifer. I can't think of a lovelier piece to celebrate this time of year with. It is about all things Thanksgiving, especially family. Love you, sister.

  4. Lyla Lindquist


  5. Jennifer

    Worth a re-reading. I envy the eavesdropping on two-way radios. We use cell phones in the tractors, so I don't get to hear the chatter.

  6. Angel

    A sense of purpose. We all need that. And your story is lovely. Truly inspiring. Thank you, Jennifer for sharing your gift of words. God bless you!

  7. Graceful

    I loved that essay. So cool it was picked up by the Register! Congratulations!


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