It was a hot Saturday afternoon near the end of June as I climbed aboard my unmistakably orange 1964 Allis Chalmers D19 tractor. I was wearing camouflage pants, one of my favorite Hawaiian shirts with bold red and white flowers, blue thrift store running shoes with neon-green heels, and a classic John Deere hat in (of course) John Deere green.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Luke 4:18&19 (NIV)