Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
Gracious God, as we read in the news of plans concerning the future of Farmers, we pray this morning for all those who tend the land to ensure we have a variety of wholesome and healthy foods to eat and and drink. As we see fresh crops slowly emerging from the soil, and the birth of livestock, we give thanks for the wonder of creation, for the cycle of new life and growth. Lord God, we appreciate that Farming is a complex process, beholden to weather conditions and economic, ecological and political climates, and so we pray that Your presence will be felt in the whole Farming community. May they feel valued and cared for and may we in return appreciate and share the food we are provided with. So too, we pray for Farmers in poorer countries struggling with the effects of climate change and lack of resources. We give thanks for the work of charities such as Christian Aid and All We Can. May we do everything we can to support and sustain the livelihoods of our brothers and sisters overseas, who rely upon the land for their well-being. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.