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Farmer John’s November 2012 Blog

Farmer John’s November 2012 Blog

1 Nov 2012

We were waiting to go into the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle. The lady with the large hat in front of me whispered “I’ve been all over the…

We were waiting to go into the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle. The lady with the large hat in front of me whispered “I’ve been all over the world, spoken to many different peoples but I am so nervous”. I warned her of the damage her hat could do to Prince Charles and suggested that she bowed carefully. With that her name was called and off she went to receive her honour. It was a very special experience to stand before, perhaps, our future king and hear his words of affirmation and encouragement. The sun did shine that day for Lindsay and I and two of our daughters and Windsor Castle looked magnificent inside and out. We were continually welcomed as we arrived and wandered through the splendour of the State Rooms in awe and wonder. We were, for this occasion, guests of the Queen, and dressed very smartly.

Back at Rushall Farm we do try and keep the place clean and tidy but still overalls are the best thing to wear. I have often suggested to pregnant ladies that if they have any problems with the maternity unit at the Royal Berks, our facilities at lambing time here are the best. I have never had even a hint of a positive reaction to my generous offer. Mary, at the first Christmas, had no option but to accept the rough accommodation available, furnished with a feeding trough, not really ideal as a crib. Jesus’ birth is foretold in Isaiah 9. There was never any doubt about His journey to sovereignty but it started in such humility in a stable. There is no need to go to Windsor to hear words of encouragement and favour from His throne of grace. He hears us from wherever we are, whatever we are feeling and however we are dressed.

“A child is born to us!

A son is given to us!

And he will be our ruler

He will be called Wonderful Counsellor

Mighty God, Eternal Father,

Prince of Peace

His royal power will continue to grow;

His kingdom will always be at peace”