If you haven’t been to the Barry County Fair yet, there’s still time! The fair is running this week, Monday through Saturday. Tonight’s the MI State Super Cross & tomorrow the U.S.A. Demolition Derby, but every day has had some special attraction. In fact, for over 150 years, the Barry County Fair has been providing family fun for southeast Michigan in mid-July, including lots of learning experiences, competitions in all sorts of areas,midway games, livestock competitions and exhibits, specialty vendors, entertainment, music, …more food…and special attractions! This past Wednesday night we enjoyed both the fair and Broken Horn Rodeo. Have you ever been to a rodeo? My only memory is watching the bucking broncos in the 1950’s while visiting my grandmother in Colorado, and the excitement around one of my cousins being the Rodeo Queen one year. Other than that, the closest thing I’ve come to a rodeo is watching the “O Canada” video at Disney’s Epcot Center, where Martin Short ends up roped by a calf during the Calgary Stampede. BUT, I will say, the Broken Horn Rodeo was an interesting cultural experience for someone who’s never gotten into country music or had a red neck! The rodeo had all the things you might expect, like lassoing wild stallions, roping frisky calves and riding bucking broncos. But, there were two things about Broken Horn Rodeo that truly surprised and delighted me (besides the friendliness of the pigs). One was this highly acclaimed rodeo company’s loyalty to our country and support for our military. I was teary-eyed by the time they finished their preliminary program honoring our soldiers, and I was in awe when the arena director stated that they’ve been in business since the 1960’s & have never begun a rodeo without opening in prayer! As a group, we stood while this big, burly cowboy asked the Lord to guide us all through the arena of life and prayed that we’d be grateful that Jesus paid the entry fee for our admission tickets to heaven, “in Jesus’ name. Amen.” Amen! I hope we’ve all accepted our free tickets into heaven. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. Jesus is still standing with his arms outstretched, waiting just for you!
“The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).