by Curt Arens, January 2007
Link to Nebraska Farmer Magazine|
Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land - Introduction and Book Excerpts
Prayer for Farm Families
Farm To Family - Curt's Weekly Column
From Woolworth Avenue to the White House: For His First 16 Days, Gerald Fordís Home was Omaha Ė Nebraska Life, July/August 2001
Abís Place: I Didnít Know How Much I Appreciated the Old Farmstead until the Day it was Gone Ė Rural Voices: Literature from Rural Nebraska, Mead, Neb.: Dirt Road Press, 2002
Bergland Looks Back: Ag Secretary Who Served 30 Years Ago Has Very Modern Ideas - Successful Farming, April 2007
Strolling Down Privy Lane: Digging to the Bottom of Outhouse Lore Ė Living Here, Winter 2005
Lost Towns of the Missouri River: Searching for Tales and Ruins Along Nebraska's Northeast Border - Nebraska Life, September/October 2004
Select Articles and Publications 1996-2009
Almighty God and Creator,
We thank you for your life-giving gifts of life on the land.
We praise you for the good earth that we steward.
We honor you for your creation of wildlife, animals and livestock, plants and crops, fields and meadows, mountains and valleys, forests and plains, and the elements of weather that we partner with each day.
We ask for the guidance of your Holy Spirit in helping us care gently for that earth you have created.
Help us be kind, selfless, generous, pious, loving, neighborly, honorable and dignified in your sight.
Help us follow the example of the Holy Farm Family of St. Isidore, the peasant farmer of Madrid, and his loving farm wife, St. Maria.
Accept willingly our prayerful offerings of sacrifice, anxiety, uncertainty and fear.
Accept willingly our vows of love for each other as a family living on your land and caring for your creation.
Bless us, faithful Good Shepherd, and keep us always within the warm embrace of your love and kindness. Amen.
St. Isidore and St. Maria, pray for us.
"Prayer For Farm Families - Video Version"|
WMV - downloadable, 7.4 MB
(Used with permission - ACTA Publications "Prayer of the Week" for July 2, 2008)