Mealtime in the Cornfields
Charles H. Spurgeon
And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched-corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.
If we lived in the country, it would not be necessary for me to remind you that the time of harvest has again happily come upon us. I saw one day last week a fine sample of the new wheat, part of a considerable quantity which had just been sold. In many places I have observed the fields yielding their sheaves to the reapers' sickle. Loud let us lift our praise to God for the abundance which loads the land. An unusually heavy crop has been given in many quarters, and scarcely anywhere is there any deficiency. While there is so much of distress abroad-while the great manufacture of our country is standing still-we should be grateful that God is pleased to alleviate the sufferings of the poor by an unusually bountiful harvest. And we must not forget to pray that during the next few weeks the Lord would be pleased to give suitable weather so that the corn may be safely gathered into the garner, that there may be abundance of bread and no complaining in our streets. I always feel it necessary, just at this season, to give these hints because God's natural remembrances cannot reach us. We hear not the lark teaching us how to praise, nor do the green fields of grass and the yellow ears of corn preach to us of the Lord's bounty. Little is there to be learned from these long corridors of dreary cells which we call streets and houses. Dull brown or dirty-white bricks everywhere I see, enough to make one earthly, however much we may pant for heavenly things. We see neither the green blade nor the full corn in the ear, and we are so apt to forget that we all depend upon the labor of the field. Let us unite with the peasant and his master in blessing and praising the God of Providence who first co ...
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