This month we continued our harvest theme with further discussion about the work of RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute) and their support to farmers in distress. We decided to look to the bible to see where there is support and guidance for people working on the land, sea and with herds of animals, growing grain, fruit and vegetables to feed families. Do we in High Legh offer our discipleship to the families farming the land which surrounds our village? We can learn patience from those waiting for the seed to grow, the work that is put in at the beginning (ploughing and preparing), with faith acting as a stabiliser, the crop ripening at different times as individual plants. The field eventually ripens as a whole. It is much like our Christian faith journey.
We assume farming is a healthy job, working outside with a crop to be proud of but this is not always the case. Many farmers suffer loss through death and disease, work long hours at the mercy of the climate and have long hours alone leading to loneliness. Many suffer financial loss leading to depression and suicide. Let us remember what the bible says:
“ Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. “ 2 Corinthians 9:10
Next time you see someone working in a field or sitting on a tractor, say hello and be grateful for all that they do to provide us with our daily bread.
Revd Trish, Stewart, Christine, Mags and Karen