A prayer from The Methodist Prayer Handbook Responding to the Gospel:
Heavenly Father, when days are dark and full of pain,
give us the strength to live through what we don’t understand,
the courage to face it, and your comfort and peace in our hearts,
for we are held safe in your loving arms. Amen
We plough the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered By God’s almighty hand.
You may be thinking that I am in the wrong season. In recent weeks we have been fortunate to do some beautiful walks from home in the lovely Cheshire countryside. During the first week the paths were muddy and the fields were waterlogged. It occurred to me that it would be weeks before the soil would be ready for planting (farmers and gardeners would have known better). However we have seen fields ploughed, soil tilled, seeds sown and even tiny shoot appearing. The brown fields are turning green.
We can be sure that there will be a Harvest and, while life will be different for many people by then, may the changing seasons be a sign of hope. Whatever Harvest time may bring it will be a sign that we are all held in God’s hands.
All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
calls my heart to be his own.
Robert Bridges, based on Joachim Neander (Singing the Faith 455)
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.