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An old hill farmer trudged several miles through freezing snow to his local and very remote chapel for Sunday service. No-one else was there, aside from the clergyman.

"I'm not sure it's worth proceeding with the service - might we do better to go back to our warm homes and a hot drink?.." asked the clergyman.

"Well, I'm just a simple farmer" says the old man, "But when I go to feed my herd, and if only one beast turns up, I never leave it hungry."

So the clergyman, feeling somewhat ashamed, delivers his service, hymns and readings, lasting a good couple of hours - finishing proudly with the fresh observation that no matter how small the need, our duty remains. And he thanks the old farmer for the lesson he has learned.

"Was that okay?" asks the clergyman, as the two set off home.

"Well I'm just a simple farmer," says the old man, "But when I go to feed my cattle, and if only one beast turns up, I  don't force it to eat what I brought for the whole herd..."


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Published on 25/09/2012 by Emma Harle.

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