Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gift of Abundant Rain: A Farmer's Prayer

Although we aren't farming yet, I know this spring we will 
benefit from the good ground soaking rains
we are getting now. It puts a minor delay on our
dirt work for the driveway until the rains stop for a good 
while and the ground has a chance to dry out. We have to be very
thankful we are not in a drought. We will take the
delays of projects around here because we remember
and still have reminders of the wildfires that damaged our
area, and there are still dead trees we need to remove
due to the long drought our area of Texas suffered
over the past few years.

A Thanksgiving Prayer by a Farmer

"Lord, I am grateful that I am a farmer. 
I am glad to live close to the earth that You have made. 
I am happy to spend so much of my time in the open air, 
under the bright sun, 
the symbol of Your own justice and light. 

I am grateful for the rain and for the freshness that it brings,
the rain, a symbol of Your rich and undying blessings.
I am happy to cooperate with You in Your work of continuous creation, 
by growing the food that men need to sustain life.

By Your almighty power You make grow seeds I plant. 
You fill the earth with minerals, 
You send the rain and the sun, 
the wind and the snow,
and the dry, hard seeds I plant are raised to soft, green life. 
You have given men great wisdom and cleverness to build machines 
that make the labor of the farmer much less burdensome. 

Dear Lord, I am in Your almighty hands. 
I depend upon You for everything. 
If I sow the seed and cultivate the young plants, 
and You do not see fit to give me a good harvest, 
I will be satisfied. 
You are the Lord and master and creator of all things. 
You know what is good for me and what would do me harm. 
I trust You, absolutely and without question. 

 I thank You again for calling me to a farmer's life. 
I beg of You never to let me forget its great advantages of closeness to You, 
absolute trust and confidence in You, 
and the fullness and richness of my life, 
close to the earth that You have made 
and have so marvelously blessed. 

 Lord, I am grateful that I am a farmer.


Look closely to find birds feasting on seeds during the rains.

ruts just get deeper, and we can't do anything until it dries out.

colors of weeds after the rains

abundant acorns

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