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No Sunday milking

Dad chuckled to me about the good church member who told him he should not milk his cows on Sunday.

My dad ran a dairy in McPherson, Kansas, while he worked two other jobs in the 1930s. So Dad never talked about suffering in poverty through the Great Depression. Instead, he told me, “I can’t remember a time I couldn’t reach in my pocket and pull out $50.00.”

It was work

But the city boy told Dad that milking cows was work. So, even if those cows enjoyed having their milk bags emptied twice every weekday, they would just have to endure Sundays.

I thought, “At least on Sunday afternoons they got to explore the pasture, while I have to sit quietly and read.”

Look Bessie in the eye

Dad invited the church brother over Sunday morning when the cows’ udders were swelling with milk and they were bawling in pain. Told him to go to each stall, look Bessie in the eye, and explain just why it would be morally wrong to milk her today.

4 Responses to No Sunday milking

  1. Lexie March 18, 2017 at 11:20 AM #

    My quick response to the good church member would have been, “Would you like to refrain from emptying your bladder on Sunday? There is a category called emergencies, and milking cows and emptying bladders qualify.” I was raised on a farm, so Sunday varied little from all other days, except for going to church Sunday morning.

  2. Wayne & Mary Lou Lawton March 18, 2017 at 1:57 PM #

    We knew a Mennonite pastor in the area where we live who was ‘silenced’ (a nice word for being kicked out) because he would not discipline members of the church he was pastoring for allowing a company to pick up milk on Sunday. I guess his superiors wanted him to tell these members to throw this milk away – since they had no way of refrigerating it, back in the day. A movie was later made of this incident called “The Silence of Bethany”. We have a copy of the movie (VHS). It is a fascinating story.

  3. Donna Caddell March 28, 2017 at 10:27 AM #

    Shame on them! Milking and delivering on the Lords Day is a labor of love for animals and society. God does not make cows to stop producing on Sunday. Nor does he expect the delivery man to skip that day! Waste not want not. Be happy in all things, I’m sure farmers and delivery drivers listen to the word either on the radio or as they pray while working! Love never fails…

  4. Gary E Dougherty June 28, 2017 at 12:43 AM #

    Thumbs up on this one .
    I have heard this thought before ..
    It is just a absurd now as before ,.. (gracious intent) …
    Wouldn’t milking be more reasonable –
    I have heard of a few – years ago – that would milk close to midnight Saturday night .. and resume at midnight (Monday morning) . 🙂
    If Sunday were the Sabbath – wouldn’t it be on the part of rational thought and kindness – not to add necessity .. (as one person above pointed out “God does not make cows stop producing milk on Sunday” ) to simply milk the cow !! Jesus picked corn on the Sabbath – because it was necessary! 🙂

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