To Our Blessed Landlord

That we have meat and can eat, we thank thee, God.

And, O blessed Landlord, we who are let to work this bit of holy earth, do pray thee to walk beside us as we sow.

Watch over us, our Father, to be good tenants, and worthy of this partnership which we seal with our toil.

We thank thee, Lord, for all these flowers; all this green stuff for the silo too.

Bless the shearing, Good Shepherd; and as we tie the fleece, strain the milk, and replenish the self-feeder, help us to remember the least of these, thy brethren.

(from the book, The Farmer Gives Thanks; photo by MonikaP via

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