Catholic Prayer: A Farmer’s Prayer of Thanksgiving

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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 light and justice. 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 you almighty power You make grow the 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 choosing me to be a farmer. I beg of You never to let me forget the 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. Amen.

Prayer Source: National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 1920-1960