Observing the bounty of nature in its abundance fills the soul with such a love for how well nature provides for us. Remember these words:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain!
Katharine Lee Bates 

If you have ever seen golden wheat fields, you know what the song “America the Beautiful” is describing. The summer wind rippling across a golden valley of wheat looks like waves on a lake of gold, and you are surrounded by abundance that is ripe for the harvest. As you watch tractor moving across the fields, don’t you feel a sense of appreciation to the farmers of our land who provide such a main staple for so many?

Truly, we live in a world of plenty and are provided for from the bounty of nature. From the moment the seed is planted in the fertile soil, then watered, cared for, and harvested; loaded into trucks, stored in silos, moved to manufacturers, and processed into its various forms; packaged and trucked to the store and finally placed on the shelf. When you partake of a meal, stop to remember the bounty of nature, from the sun to the clouds filled with rain, that created what you are about to eat. Give thanks as well to the myriad of individuals and their diverse skills that got this food to your table. And whatever you do, don’t forget to kiss the cook.

Spiritual Contemplation: While sitting at the table before your first bite, close your eyes and think of all the people, from the farmers, to truckers, and grocers, and the cook, as well as the bounty of nature that created this meal. Be thankful for the abundance you live in.

Affirmation: I live in a beautiful world, filled with the abundance and bounty of nature!

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