Rogation 2009. A meditation from the opening words of the Parable of the Sower.
by Tony Ingleby.
A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he went he thought to himself, “Is it worth it?
I could rent out these fields, sell my equipment, apply for a grant to convert the buildings to self-catering holiday lets and have time again to be a real part of this community.
I wouldn’t be fretting about a rain-free window of opportunity to get the harvest in like last year.
I wouldn’t be watching world prices to see if the time, skill and money I invested were going to be rewarded. I wouldn’t be subjected to advice and regulations from people who don’t appreciate what my family has put into the improvement of this land and the shaping of this landscape.”
But he still went to sow his seed. And he actually felt good about it with the sun on his back and his own land under his own wheels and a job to be done.
And although the bank’s shareholders had a remote claim on the land and the wheels he guessed that they had no share of the pleasure he found in working with God to feed his neighbours in the parish and around the world.
Heavenly Father, bless the farmer and his family.
Confirm his vocation to farming with a constantly renewed sense of satisfaction.
Pour out a sense of gratitude upon those of us who depend upon him,
and make it that robust and practical gratitude which is prepared to pay the proper price to the producer and share our plenty with those in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
reach out all farmers and especially to those who are in difficulty and despair.
Give them courage, hope and wisdom.
Raise up the right person to walk alongside them, to listen, to understand, to help and to advise.
We pray too for those who give their time and expertise to support the farming community;
support them and meet their needs that their reserves of wisdom and warmth may not run dry. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
© Tony Ingleby 2008