A Prayer for Rural Families

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well and healthy. This week I would like You to consider rural families and pray for them.

Farming is a noble profession. The farm home is in some ways a most suitable place for a Christian family. The good earth is the greatest material gift of God to man. We believe that in this vocation, country people work closely with God in producing the essential elements of life for all on earth. We believe and hold fast to the spiritual values of the farming vocation and resist the materialism of this age from blinding us to them. Let us pray that through God’s grace we may have wisdom and strength to grow constantly in the virtues necessary for holy rural living:

  • Faith and Hope firmly founded in knowledge of God’s wisdom;
  • Love and Patience with the slow deliberate cycle of seasons and years;
  • Fortitude and Temperance to give us the strength and balance;
  • Compassion and Mercy with all who we meet and all that we do.

I wish You all a productive week and hope that today Your Sunday is peaceful and enjoyable. God Bless You all.

Bless us, O God, we who live close to the land. Bless us as you blessed Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They, like we, our models in family life knew the struggles, the fears, the joys and the rewards of life in a rural area.

Help us to be aware of the quiet beauty of the night, the fresh green growth on trees and all plants and the songs of birds. We give thanks for all of these.

May we always show respect for all of creation. Bless each of us and help us grow in love and unity with you and with each other. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.