Post Author: Laurie Lyter-Bright
God of all Creation,
we give you thanks for those who cultivate the earth,
for those who wake before dawn and labor in the fields,
for those who care for livestock,
for those who plant and tend with care.
We pray they know they are appreciated beyond measure.
Too often, we overlook the gift of farmers
as we grow ever more distant from the processes
that bring food to our tables.
We pray that we see and know
those who do the planting, tending, and harvesting.
They are a community of sowers
on whom our survival and flourishing depend.
So for farmers who keep food on the shelves
and make plenty a possibility,
we give thanks.
Guide them and bless them, O God of Abundance.
We pray for favorable weather,
communities of support,
fair economic practices,
and strength and perseverance
as they live into your calling that we tend to the gift of creation,
stewarding life in celebration of each new day.
Laurie Lyter Bright is pastor for mission and congregational life at First Congregational UCC Appleton, Wisconsin. She and her family live on a small farm, where she herds chickens, dogs, and her toddlers. Laurie is working on her second book on prophecy and the confluence of #metoo and Black Lives Matter, and completing a dissertation on the intersection of religion and rape culture. She collects acronyms, books, and passport stamps.
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