At this time of the year farmers are busy bringing in the harvest of their labours.
Eighty years ago the farmers in the South East of England when they were bringing in their harvest did so as the Royal Air Force was engaged in fighting enemy aircraft in the skies above them while they were on their way to bomb London.
This was a hazard which the farmers could well have done without but it did not stop them from gathering the grain that they knew was needed to feed the nation.
We owe much to the farmers for providing us with food. and are thankful to them for their efforts made in partnership with God for His provision for our needs.
The gratitude which we express to God is not just for what He has given us but for what He is. He provides for our needs not because we are good but for what He is. We are not like Him in this. Would we have been able to pray for a good harvest for our enemies in time of war ?
In this giving God does not only give us food for our body He by His example gives nourishment for our soul
When we come to Harvest Thanksgiving, we miss half the point of this celebration unless it helps us to see more clearly the character of God. We thank Him for His generosity, His reliability and His constant love.
‘He is our God; we are the people He cares for the flock for which He provides ‘ Psalm 95 v 7.