|Special notes about The Prodigal Rooster
The story is based on an actual event that happened on our small farm. 'Capo' is a real rooster, and the only chicken in our flock that currently has a name. He was hatched in a clutch of eggs in the summer of 2002, and must be elderly in chicken years, surviving into 2007, at least.
We keep a small flock of mostly bantam chickens that have the free run of the place, in addition to the laying flock - hens that are kept in the barn (harem, in the story) to provide brown eggs for sale. The red rooster in the photo is the 'guardian' mentioned in the story.
As described, I separated the roosters after their little episode, and released a rather bedraggled Capo after a night in a 'coop.' We didn't see him for several days, so we assumed that he had either died of his injuries or fallen prey to one of the predators that live in the area.
I was suprised to see him come to the watering trough just as I was finishing chores one evening. It was a moment that triggered inspiration! The words came tumbling out - liberally referencing Bible stories and parables. It became my "Seeds For Thinking" article for that week. I also made up a folded 5 x 8 inch card illustrated with a photo, and began handing them out to friends and family members who do not attend our small church. That led to the series of cards that you see on my web pages.
| What began with a simple incident
in everyday farm life resulted in a 'ministry' of promoting Bible reading
through these cards, e-mail, and the World Wide Web.
I can't help but think how the Apostle Peter's life was changed by a rooster, crowing at the break of dawn on that fateful morning so long ago. We never know how the Lord will touch us; this was my "rooster" event.
I pray that many others will find inspiration and meaning from these stories, perhaps indeed turning to the Bible daily.
Please pray for this ministry, that it may be fruitful.
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