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God of All Harvests

Suzy Razafinderafara, a rice farmer in Madagascar

Suzy Razafindrafara, a rice farmer in Madagascar, increased her crop yields using techniques she learned from CRS partner Caritas Antsirabe. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

God of sun and God of rain,
     In you, there is no dryness.
     In you, no weed chokes the root.
     No blight withers the leaf.
     No frost bites at the blossom.

And, so, we pray for farmers and their
     harvests everywhere.

In you, seeds of tears yield a bountiful harvest of joy.
     May the rice farmer in Madagascar know
     such bounty.

In you, seeds of truth and courage yield a bountiful harvest of justice.
     May the coffee farmer in Honduras know
     such bounty.

In you, seeds of compassion yield a bountiful harvest of wisdom.
     May the cacao farmer in the Philippines know such bounty.

In you, seeds of hope yield a bountiful harvest of fulfillment.
     May the vegetable farmer in Haiti know such bounty.

In you, seeds of love yield a bountiful harvest of forgiveness and reconciliation.
     May the cassava farmer in Zambia know such bounty.

In you, seeds of the Gospel yield the glorious harvest that is our salvation.

God of all harvests, bless all planters everywhere:
     All who sow and all who gather,
     All who nourish and all who weed,
     All who thresh and bundle and bring to market.
And bless all harvests.

Sprinkle your living water on our fields, on our relationships, on our communities, on our hearts.
And kiss us with the light and warmth of your undying sun.

May all our harvests reflect the Harvest that is to come.

Amen

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