Thursday, February 10, 2011

brother lawrence's prayer

This is the prayer attributed to Brother Lawrence, a Christian monastic who labored in the kitchen of a medieval monastery - you can imagine what that looked like a thousand years ago! He seeks to have a relationship with God not relegated to "holy" times or "quiet" times or "church" times, but all the time, through all the thicks and thins, all of a day's ups and downs, times when you feel spiritual and times when you don't. May it encourage you today to have a relationship with Christ that knows no boundaries or time limits or special frames of mind.

Lord of all pots and pans and things,
since I've no time to be a great saint
by doing lovely things,
or watching late with Thee,
or dreaming in the dawnlight,
or storming heaven's gates,
make me a saint by getting meals,
and washing up the plates.
Warm all the kitchen with Thy Love,
and light it with Thy peace;
forgive me all my worrying,
and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food,
in room, or by the sea,
accept the service that I do,
I do it unto Thee.


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