As I see an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits at this time of the year, I can’t help but be thankful for God’s provision and goodness. All the privileges we enjoy are not by chance, they are God given. We have not made ourselves, God has made us.
The moving patriotic hymn by Katherine Lee Bates, written atop Pike’s Peak, describes the beauty that we enjoy in this nation we call home. She wrote of purple mountain’s majesty and amber waves of grain, and concluded that God had shed His grace on America.
A vast unexplored wilderness became a great nation. The theologian, Lyman Abbott once said, “A nation is made great, not by its fruitful acres, but by the men who cultivate them; not by its great forests, but by the men who use them; not by its mines, but by the men who build and run them.” America was a great land when Columbus discovered it; but Americans have made it a great nation.
Many of those Americans are our farmers. It’s been reported that in the 1930’s, a farmer produced enough food to feed himself and 3 other people, forty years later that number increased to 73. Today, the average American farmer produces enough food to feed over 155 people.
So, as I sit down at the table to enjoy some fresh steamed sweet corn and sliced tomatoes, I’m thankful for our farmers and the dedication to and love they have for this great land we are blessed to live in. As we can all appreciate our farmers, let us remember, ultimately, to be thankful to God who continues to shed His matchless grace on our land.