|the old barn|
My family has pleasant memories of this barn. We married into it. My brother-in-law milked many cows within these wooden walls from his youngest years and well into adulthood, with a break for a few years to attend the state university for his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.
When my sister married into the family, we would get letters about the newest calves and how she had named them. We lived on the opposite side of the country at the time, so our visits were infrequent and very special. My children's uncle gave them rides on the tractor and they were allowed to help in the barn.
We made all sorts of memories, including the time when Son Number Two, as a kindergartener, slipped and fell into cow manure and got you-know-what all over his only winter coat brought for that visit. (thankfully it was all machine-washable!)
As time passed, my sister and husband moved into town and eventually the barn was no longer used for milking cows. Now the structure has become so old that it's going to be a hazard and the time has come for decisions to be made about taking it down.
A few months ago another family member was given some of the wood from the barn. He is a retired industrial arts teacher, so he was well-qualified to do something truly resourceful with the old timbers.
He made this beautiful picnic table for his granddaughters (my great nieces).
In hearing this story and seeing the pictures, I was reminded of the verse in Revelation 21:5 where God Himself said,
I am making everything new!
Indeed, that is exactly what He is doing! When we invite Christ into our lives, He makes us new. II Corinthians 5:17 says,
If anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation.
The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come.