Harvest time is an expression of God’s faithfulness. I love the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
One of the stanzas says:
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Sometimes it may seem like the food on our tables and the grain in our silos has a duty to always be there. It is easy to take it for granted when stores seem full and food is accessible and affordable. But God does not express these “take it for granted thoughts.”
In Jesus’ teaching of how His disciples should pray, He says through the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread,” which is the opposite sentiment of taking our blessing of food for granted.
By praying the way our Lord has taught us, God wants us to be thankful and recognize that our food comes from God’s hand and by His faithfulness.
Feeding us is an expression of God’s mercy, faithfulness and love, in the same way a good parent tries to make sure that his or her child gets proper nutrition.
As a parent, my family always prayed before meals to thank God for His provision of food. I also taught the children in our care to thank those who prepared the food, which in most cases was my caring wife, Kathy.
Care-giving is a tangible expression of love for which God is to be thanked and praised. God loves a cheerful giver.
Would you please consider making a gift to the Baptist Children’s Home in thanks to God for His great provision this harvest season?
Thank you for both thanking God and remembering the needs of children at this special time of year.