A Prayer For Our Farmers

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust You are well and that You and those around You are enjoying the clement weather.

As You sit down to Your Sunday lunch, give thanks to the efforts of our farmers, many of whom are feeling the stress across the country. Either worried about the potential loss of subsidies or lonely, such is the work of a farmer. The farming community faces significant uncertainty and change.

I am saddened by the statistics about suicide rates of agricultural workers which are approximately twice as high as those of average Britons. Maybe in time this will change as AI takes over certain aspects of our farming in this country and jobs of drudgery are eliminated. We live in hope. There must be a better way than what exists now.

So, today let us pray for our farmers and agricultural workers. That things turn out well with this year’s crop. And let us pray for all those others who strive to allow us to strive to put the food on our plate, whether in this country or further afield. Let us give thanks.

I wish You all a wonderful and peaceful Sunday. I wish You a successful week ahead. God Bless You all.

We pray for all who work so that we have food to eat and share. We remember the farmers, both in this country and overseas, who work with animals and crops often overcoming the extremes of weather, insect pests to get their produce to the marketplace. Also the fishermen, whether in the North Sea or in the Pacific Ocean who fight wind and waves to land their catch safely. We must also in our prayers remember those in the transport, distribution and the retail sectors, for without them our shop and supermarket shelves would be empty.

Lord bless all who labour to satisfy our needs and we pray that all trade between peoples may be done openly and fairly and with due regard for the environment and for human dignity.

Amen