‘We write in the sand of the benefits we receive, but the injuries we write on marble.’ (St Thomas More)

This time of year is an appropriate time to give thanks to God for the gifts we receive. We think particularly nowof the harvest. We remind ourselves too of the created world and all that is in it, including ourselves, created in the image and likeness of God. We give thanks for the beauty of our world, a reflection of God’s glory. We acknowledge and give thanks too for all those who work on the land and produce the harvest.

Almighty God, Lord of all creation,

we thank You for the mystery of life and growth;

for the good earth we plough and sow and cultivate,

for all the food it yields for the life of all

May we show our gratitude by our efforts

to preserve the land for its purpose,

through our concern for those who

are hungry and not able to share in

our thanksgiving for the harvest

We ask this through Christ our Lord.