Thank you, God, for farmers.
For those people who have touched the soil,
who have known it intimately,
the feel of it under their fingernails,
the taste of it, the way it smells after the rain.
For those who have cared for animals,
touched them, heard their calls,
nurtured them carefully.
Being a farmer can be a hard life,
the bills don’t match the income,
the weather doesn’t co-operate
or the markets are fickle.
Farmers need us, in hard times as well as good.
Help us to create a community where farmers are respected,
Help us to personally be thankful for their work,
that sustains us in the most basic way possible.
We pray for farming communities around the world
where the rain did not come,
or the rain came too hard, or too late,
for those whose soil is tired,
or who cannot afford the cost of production.
So many in the world are hungry today
because of a poor or non-existent harvest,
or because war interrupted the harvest.
Open the hearts of the world, open our hearts,
to be generous, to share the bounty that we have.
All of our farming relies on the good earth,
and we pray for the earth today, too.
Help us take care of it, help us cherish it,
help us pass it on, safely, to a new generation.
We are thankful for the beautiful home in which we live and grow. We are so thankful for our farmers, who bring such riches forth from the earth and the creatures of the earth.
~ Adapted from the work of Carol Penner