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In the classic movie Shenandoah, Jimmy Stewart plays a hard-working family farmer from Virginia who is doing his best to stay out of the conflict that becomes the War Between the States. In one scene he offers grace before a meal, praying,
“Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it. We cooked the harvest. It wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be eating it if we hadn’t done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we’re about to eat, amen.”
Well, that sounds like a real salt-of-the-earth prayer, Jimmy, but let me ask you – where did the land come from? Or the soil, the seeds, the sun, the rain? The birds and the bees to pollinate your crops? The energy and the health you were given to enable you to work “dog-bone hard”? Who made the plants grow? Who takes that food that you have harvested and eaten and nourishes you by it? In fact when you look at it that way, your work is just a small part of the bigger miracle that takes food from the ground to the table to your belly to give you life. Everything is a gift. Everything is grace. Read more
I John 3:11-24
Pastor Virgil Hurt closes the 2015 Family Conference with a message on loving one another