Just a mile or so away from my house is a man who collects small old Farmall tractors. Seems like I am always chasing a deadline when I go by, but today, by some miracle, I was running just a little early so I pulled in and introduced myself. I wanted to meet the curator of this collection which I have admired ever since I moved here. An immediate reason was also that I wanted to ask permission to take a photo of this country Santa that he has in his front lawn. I found the collector to be a very amiable and hospitable guy named Bernie Merli and he calls his place “Acre Farm.” I just have to go back when I can talk longer. His Santa is perfect for a “Country Touch.” When it rains, he either covers Santa or takes him inside. He covers the tractors during the winter so I can hardly wait til spring to get better acquainted.
Some of you have been asking me for more info about Ash Wednesday. As I was researching, I ran across this web articled by former pastor, Mark D. Roberts. It is excellent and worth passing on.
I also found an excellent shorter article with more historical details by a Lutheran writer, Richard P. Bucher
I have also put this post on our church blog.