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Old 13 July 2008, 04:42 AM
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A year of deprivation was the year of ’35.
Our parents did the best they could, just so that we’d survive.
Thick cardboard soles were in our shoes, our clothes were handed down;
The Great Depression hit the world; it wasn’t just our town.

Our daddy’s job was not enough to even pay the bills.
His work there on the railroad yard was way beneath his skills.
The summer heat, the winter’s blasts, took such a toll on him
That from our vantage point we felt his future must look dim.

But Daddy was a man of God, a man who loved to pray.
All seven children knelt with him and never missed a day.
There were so many Scripture verses that our daddy knew,
If asked about a verse, he’d quote the ones around it, too.

One day our Mother told him all the bills were overdue;
Unless they paid the mortgage then we’d all be moving, too.
The hardest part for them was that their tithe could not be met,
And this would be the thing that our dear dad would most regret.

They settled on a plan they thought would help in some small way;
They’d donate half their garden to the preacher for his pay.
Dad measured out the garden, half for us and half for God;
We thought it made a lot of sense, but neighbors just guffawed.

Each evening Dad would hoe the weeds, and water each row, too.
This was a pact ‘tween him and God and something he must do.
The plants were thriving, ‘til one day when Dad came home from work,
His neighbor met him and was wearing one big, awful smirk.

“Come look at how God’s half is doing, then look there at yours.
It’s shriveled up and died, and all the while God’s half matures.”
Dad called a family conference and we all agreed to stand
And honor God with food tithes from our garden just as planned.

Each day we picked the veggies from the side that was the Lord’s.
We never thought of making points or getting some rewards.
We carried several bags each night right to the preacher’s door.
He thanked us so profusely that we wished we’d brought some more.

But mom began to worry how she’d feed us kids and dad.
We’d always had a garden but now things were looking bad.
But Daddy kept insisting God had never let us down,
And all this time our garden had dried up and turned quite brown.

Then things began to happen that would prove God loves his own;
At night some friends would bring us things that they themselves had grown.
Without a sound they’d pile the bags right there by our front door.
They brought so many beans and corn they covered up the floor!

The preacher’s garden kept on growing ‘til it was quite clear
They’d have enough to can and feed their family for a year!
And neighbors shared so much with us it made our heads just spin,
For Mother canned 200 quarts, more than there’d ever been.

Dear children of the most high God, when things look black as night
And all the things you’ve planned for seem to disappear from sight.
Stand firm in your belief that God will surely see you through,
For He will part the darkness so His love can shine on you.
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Old 13 July 2008, 05:06 AM
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Apart from the as-usual execrable rhyming scheme, it's a pretty good defense of socialism.
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Old 13 July 2008, 05:21 AM
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Apart from the as-usual execrable rhyming scheme, it's a pretty good defense of socialism.
Socialism does not use 'execrable rhyming schemes'? How classist...
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Old 13 July 2008, 05:45 AM
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Maybe they should have noticed they planted "god's" half of the garden over the septic drain field...
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Old 13 July 2008, 12:57 PM
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I see what they're saying. Basically, the man came up with an arbitrary system for making sacrifices to his deity. When blind adherence to this system endangered his ability to feed his kids, his skeptical neighbors decided to give him some food. In this way, his deity provided for him. By having his skeptical neighbors give him food.

Makes perfect sense.
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Old 13 July 2008, 01:04 PM
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Would it be wrong to put some dope plants on God's side?
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Old 13 July 2008, 01:22 PM
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Wouldn't it have worked out just the same if the neighbors had taken stuff to the preacher, and the family had eaten the stuff from the garden?
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Old 13 July 2008, 02:02 PM
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Wouldn't it have worked out just the same if the neighbors had taken stuff to the preacher, and the family had eaten the stuff from the garden?

You're trying to be logical again; this never works in Glurgeland.

Why wasn't the preacher saying "You know, father of rhyming dude, your garden died. God wants you to keep the produce."?
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Old 13 July 2008, 02:14 PM
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I wonder how many people would actually do this this way; if I wanted to give 50% (or 10, 60, whatever) to my rabbi, I wouldn't block off half the garden area, and give what grew there to her; I'd plant and harvest normally, and give away 50% of the harvest.

Oops, there I go being logical again.
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Old 13 July 2008, 02:38 PM
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More gratuitous-interjection-of-logic here:

If I were in a position where I could no longer afford to make a material contribution to my church and still support my hypothetical family, and I still felt a need to support my church, I'd compensate by volunteering more.

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Old 13 July 2008, 02:44 PM
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More gratuitous-interjection-of-logic here:

If I were in a position where I could no longer afford to make a material contribution to my church and still support my hypothetical family, and I still felt a need to support my church, I'd compensate by volunteering more.

Nonny
Daddy seems to be a one-track mind kind of guy. I bet he's the type that says "we're supposed to go left up on Main Street, and by golly we're going to do that. Kids, get out and push aside the fallen tree so that we can turn left!"
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Old 13 July 2008, 03:19 PM
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I'm hoping that the preacher didn't know what their situation was. I've never seen a church that wanted more than people could actually give, and I wouldn't thing very highly of a preacher who would accept food when he knew that doing so was taking it away from the family. But maybe I'm taking this too seriously and logically.
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Old 13 July 2008, 05:22 PM
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Surely if you can't pay the mortgage and the house gets repossessed, they take the garden as well; even God's half
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Old 13 July 2008, 06:01 PM
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I wonder how many people would actually do this this way; if I wanted to give 50% (or 10, 60, whatever) to my rabbi, I wouldn't block off half the garden area, and give what grew there to her; I'd plant and harvest normally, and give away 50% of the harvest.

Oops, there I go being logical again.
I've actually read stories in which portions of fields (usually 10%) have been designated for tithing. The harvest on that area gets harvested separately and the profits are given to the church. No idea why, but it happens.
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Old 13 July 2008, 06:09 PM
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I've actually read stories in which portions of fields (usually 10%) have been designated for tithing. The harvest on that area gets harvested separately and the profits are given to the church. No idea why, but it happens.
I suppose it's easier that way then having to calculate 10% of the vegetables picked every day.
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Old 13 July 2008, 06:44 PM
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Probably because the edges of a field are supposed to be left unpicked so that people in need can just help themselves. But that's different from a family garden.
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Old 14 July 2008, 09:46 AM
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There were so many Scripture verses that our daddy knew, If asked about a verse, he’d quote the ones around it, too.
But was he careful not to sow his field with mingled seed (Lev 19:19)?
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Old 14 July 2008, 09:47 AM
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Socialism does not use 'execrable rhyming schemes'? How classist...
You're just stuck in the cultural hegenomy of the ruling elite...
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Old 14 July 2008, 12:33 PM
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But was he careful not to sow his field with mingled seed (Lev 19:19)?
Come on now, we all know that only one law from Leviticus is still in effect.
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Old 15 July 2008, 05:16 AM
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I'm not seeing the God angle here. God didn't feed these people when they were starving; man did. How is that evidence of God's whatever they want to call it?
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