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A "Job" Moment

Posted 5/24/2012 11:00am by Julie Hurst / Roy Brubaker.

We were delighted for find our fourth litter of piglets born last evening when we returned home from the girls' spring school program. Seven little piglets were contentedly drinking at Hattie's side.  It was Frances who first noticed a small piglet wiggling in the corner of the pen. I went to investigate and found it was alive but with a strange deformity on its head that it would certainly end its nascent life.  Suddenly the joy of new life was overshadowed by the grave reality of iminent death to an innocent life. "But it didn't deserve to be born that way!" Frances expressed between sobs. That discussion we had at bedtime about the Biblical story of Job and its potential meaning was quietly gasping before us. All the unfairness of the world and life was suddenly weighing down on heart's of my ten-year-olds and I felt my responses to be so inadaquate.  These are questions and realities it takes a long time to come to terms with, if one ever truly does. We put the piglet in warm box and waited for Roy to return from moving cows to make sure it would  not suffer long. It is good to share the farm with young people for whom so many experiences, happy and sad, are raw; it softens the soul-calluses we've allowed to safeguard our own spirits.