Beneficial rain is always welcome news 

Child playing in puddle (Photo: iStock - RyanJLane)

We were very fortunate this past week. We received a little over 3 inches of rain. 

Thank the Lord it was rain and not snow. 

A neighbor who is 96 years old said he the first day it rained he told his wife to look outside at the puddles of water on the ground. She did and noticed there were bubbles rising on top of the water puddles. He said it was an old wives tale that if that if that happens it will rain the next day. 

And sure enough it did. Besides who is alive to dispute this. When you get that age you can tell any old story you want. 

"Just A Scoopful" - Jerry Nine
“Just A Scoopful” – Jerry Nine

Most people east of us did not get that much rain, which is very unusual as they are not used to that. This should be a big boost to the wheat that is planted. 

Most of the cattle auctions will be shut down for two weeks with Christmas and New Year’s right here. Do something nice for someone less fortunate or struggling this Christmas. 

I read a report that said one in three Americans were off for this time of year. 

There were 653,100 people who were homeless in the United States, which is up 12% from last year yet our borders are wide open pushing more into homelessness. 

A week ago at church it was called Miracle Sunday. The preacher asked the congregational members if we believed in miracles. There is a young man about 35 years old that I have noticed for quite some time has walked with a cane some and often went up front to be prayed for and again this week he did it again. 

I was told he had a disease that causes deterioration of a person’s bones. Last Sunday he came up to me and was excited to say he received eyesight in one eye. I didn’t know he was partially blind. He also walked better without a cane. 

The doctor said we don’t use this term often but he said it was nothing short of a miracle. He still has a long way to go but it was good. 

This past weekend I was at a hotel when a friend of mine was checking into the hotel. I asked him if he brought his wife and he said, “No, that is like taking a sandwich to a buffet.” 

A preacher said a lot of rich people say, “I would tithe more but all my money is tied up.” But he said a funeral often releases a lot more of that money that was tied up. 

Editor’s note: The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not represent the view of High Plains Journal. Jerry Nine, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Slapout, Oklahoma.