View from the Cab: Merry Christmas

By: Kent Casson

Let’s all take a well-deserved break this holiday season.

In a world of negative news, divisive politics and a pandemic which is still here, we should pause and count our blessings in time for Christmas. Just stop and take in the moments with family while we celebrate Christ’s birth.

May the wonder in a child’s eyes spill over into our own eyes this time of year. Remember the excitement of going to bed on Christmas Eve anticipating what may be under the tree come morning? As I get older, I realize more and more it isn’t about what you get for Christmas, but what you have. We have each other and that is all that matters in the grand scheme of things.

I hope this Christmas finds you happy and healthy. As some of the old songs say, “may all your days be bright.” We have had our share of bright days in agriculture this year with surprisingly higher corn and soybean prices at harvest and decent yields. The year has also had its share of challenges, especially early on.

Our family looks forward to spending some quality time together over the holiday break. I am sure the kids will enjoy playing with their brand new toys in the days between Christmas and New Year’s. Our battery supply better be stocked up with the tools nearby because there will likely be some assembly in our future.

We may not be having some of the big gatherings we are all used to during this joyful season, but we will still gather with our immediate families on Christmas. If the weather is anything like the past two years, we would definitely have room to socially distance outdoors while the kids run off some of that bottled-up holiday energy.

Christmas Eve church is one of our family traditions and I always enjoy hearing the story of the birth of our Savior each year. Here is a passage from Luke 2:10-12.

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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