As you think of provision abundant,
As you thank the Provider omnipotent,
do the things he has sent
grip your heart to prevent
your seeing the things more important?
For all your belongings and money
can’t give your heart rest when you’re lonely,
cannot take your soul on
when your time here is gone:
without God, satisfaction is phoney.
So at least give some thought to such matters
when weary of boastful go-getters,
for our life’s more than food,
seek the One who is good,
who can help when your hopes lie in tatters.
Whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. … Be on your guard against all types of greed … “This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God. … Life is more than food. Luke 12:8, 15, 20,21,23
Autumn flowers, sheaf of wheat,
garden veg and tins of meat –
all reminders of God’s power
– he designed the fruit and flower,
formed their structure, every cell,
and each active organelle.
Awesome is the human brain
How much more can God retain!
vast his knowledge, presence, sight
understanding, skill and might
and he knows what’s wrong, what’s right,
shines into confusion, light.
Intellect that could declare
what’s occurring everywhere,
tells us of his plans to bring
judgment on disease and sin,
offered grace, redemption bought –
listen, heed his message taught.
You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13,14
Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. Psalm 95:8
Tune: 77 77 77
Fresh green of spring, when blossoms spread,
and bees passed round the pollen shed;
fruit set and swelled – corn, apples, berries,
and currants, beans, pears, damsons, cherries;
sustaining food is also found
at end of summer underground –
potato crops, and carrots, swede,
all help provide for winter’s need.
However good our gardening skill,
and diligence in work, we still
depend on sunshine and on rain
– we can’t the weather’s course ordain.
When harvested, the bounty stored,
we should give thanks with voice outpoured,
and live for him the life he gives,
share as we can, unselfish lives.
We may be glad when others share
if we have lack, and they’ve to spare
– such times remind to wait and pray,
this life is brief, the coming Day
is vast, prepare with contrite heart,
receive the Life Christ can impart,
though much supplied, this world can’t last
and soon the struggles will be past.
Tune: DLM ‘Ye banks and braes’
God in heaven, his earth sustaining,
seed-time, harvest, still controlling,
in his kindness, food providing,
though we are so undeserving.
To him giving thanks abundant,
daily asking bread, – dependent;
if we suffer his chastisement,
do we pray, for sin repentant?
When crops fail, – disastrous flooding,
drought, or pests, – keep faithful, praying.
When we’ve plenty, are we lusting,
wanting more, and money wasting?
‘Thank you for the crops that yielded
so much fruit, now safely gathered.
Help me share what you’ve provided,
live as in your Word directed.’
Providence of God displaying
who to pray to, humbly trusting.
These are days for gospel preaching:
time for turning, judgement waiting.
Greatest blessing – Christ returning,
this creation then all burning,
all who’ve trusted him receiving
perfect life, eternal blessing.
We have so much:
do we forget
to thank and share?
When things get tough,
we may give thought
to honest prayer.
A world to come that’s freed from greed,
and freed from every shortage, need:
Christ Jesus bought the access key
and offers it to you and me.
Trust him to-day,
and share and pray.
Sowing kindness, love and care,
patience, willingness to share;
sowing selfishness and greed,
no concern for those in need.
‘As you sow, so you will reap’:
And we weep,
negligence regretting, –
God, in Christ, can pardon failure,
help us in our future
his kind loving.
Through the winter’s cold and snows,
trees are leafless, nothing grows,
– God has promised he will bring,
welcome warmth, return of spring!
DOWN come the showers,
UP come the flowers,
peas, fruit, potatoes,
and crops the farmer grows!
Times of famine, time to share
all God gives, if we can spare,
we can help those who need more,
if we’ve plenty in our store.
Now it’s autumn, and we’re glad
for the harvest we have had,
crops, potatoes, wheat have grown,
– thank the Lord for kindness shown.
Tune: Jesus loves me
alternative ending for chorus:
OUT soon, the ploughers!
give thanks for all the food!
or, if revert to last 2 lines of verse tune
peas, tomatoes, apples, wheat,
– so much food for us to eat!