Today's Lectionary Text
Psalm 104:14He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth
80 degrees! We really couldn’t ask for better weather at our county fair this week. Livestock and livestock exhibitors alike rejoice in the mild temperatures. Yet it would be very un-Nebraskan to be completely satisfied with the weather and one word weighs heavily on our hearts: precipitation.
It’s so very dry across the Great Plains Conference, which is costing livestock producers to be making unplanned, painful decisions by selling off parts of their herd bit by bit as pasture disappears. Likewise, row crop farmers (many of whom have also been devastated by hail, wind, fires and other natural disasters this year) are praying fiercely for timely rains to save what’s left of their crops and for freezing temperatures to hold off as long as possible in order to bring a short season crop to market.
I heard it once said there is no greater act of faith than farming/ranching. Year after year placing that seed in the ground or staying up all night for several nights ready to assist mama cows with delivery if needed … believing that God will provide the rain, sun and soil needed in order to provide food and fiber to the world. This year our faith is being stretched, not broken but stretched. May we do what we should always do during faith stretching: Pray. Lean on others as needed. Pray. Be someone to lean on. Pray. Take care of our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical life. And stop me if you’ve heard this already ... Pray.
Waverly First UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Heavenly Father, We have faith you bring forth grass for the cattle and vegetation from the land we are blessed to labor on. Please care for us as our faith is stretching and growing, and please…send rain. Amen.
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