Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Ploughman


We plow the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord
For all His love.

He only is the Maker of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower, He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey Him, by Him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, His children, He gives our daily bread.

We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, and food;
No gifts have we to offer, for all Thy love imparts,
But that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.
This beautiful picture was painted by a French artist, Georges Philibert Marionez. It exemplifies the toil that is necessary to reap the bounty of the Lord's hand, while the hymn reminds us of our Lord's sovereignty in all things. May we give thanks on this glorious Lord's day for His good gifts!

5 Comments:

Blogger mountainfirekeeper said...

Hi Emily1

Thank-you for posting both the beautiful picture and the hymn. They are very meaningful and inspirational.

Did I ever tell you that I had a team of draft horses a number of years ago? I hope to get another team again this summer.

May God bless.........

11:16 PM  
Blogger Herrick Kimball said...

Emily,

What a beautiful hymn and picture. All I can say is Amen and thank you for sharing.

Herrick

5:00 AM  
Blogger HomesteadHerbs said...

Emily,

Ditto what Herrick wrote! I love the painting- I'd never heard of the artist before.

Blessings to you

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Kelley said...

Lovely poem!
Thanks for sharing!
Hope that you are having a blessed week!

12:56 PM  
Blogger mountainfirekeeper said...

Where'd you go Emily? Hope everything is o.k. with you and your family! I miss reading your bits of wit and wisdom.

May God bless..........

10:17 PM  

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