March Memories: A Kitchen Prayer.

This poem was written many years ago by a 19-year-old girl in domestic service in England.  It was read by Dr. G. Campbell Morgan during one of his services at Westminster Chapel, London.

Lord of all pots and pans and things,
Since I’ve no time to be
A saint by doing lovely deeds
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!

Although I must have Martha’s hands
I have a Mary mind,
And when I black the boots and shoes,
Thy sandals, Lord, I find!
I think of how they trod the earth,
What time I scrub the floor;
Accept this meditation, Lord,
I haven’t time for more!

Warm all the kitchen with Thy love,
And light it with Thy peace!
Forgive me all my worrying
And make all grumbling cease!
Thou Who didst love to give men food
In a room or by the sea,
Accept this service that I do –
I do in unto Thee!
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(originally published March 15, 2013).  I hope the people this young lady worked for appreciated what a treasure they had in her!

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Where’s God on The List?

This post is a result of something I experienced in earlier days.  I was a fundamentalist and the emphasis at this particular place and time was: “Put God First.”  So people were encouraged to “make a list.”  [not to be confused with a “bucket list.”  My such list only has one item: don’t kick it! 🙂 ]

So, people would make their list.  Something like this:

1.  God
2.  Family
3.  Work
4.  Recreation
5.  Finances
6.  Etc., etc.

However, it seemed to me at the time that “putting God first” simply meant that you went to church on Sunday, not missing Sunday School, because that’s where the numbers were counted, and you put your tithe into the offering plate.  After that, you were more or less free and clear to do as you wished with the rest of the list because you “had put God first.”

Even then, and I claim no perfection in this, it seemed to me that there was a different way, a better way, to write that list.  Seemed to me it should be like this:

1.  God in the Church
2.  God in the Family
3.  God at Work
4.  God in our Recreation
5.  God in the Finances
6.  God in the etc., etc.

Other religions instruct their adherents that their beliefs are to permeate and affect every part of their lives.  A local hospital recently opened a special prayer room so one of its doctors could daily practice his religion.  Only in Christianity, it seems, are “the sacred” and “the secular” compartmentalized, so that what happens in church stays in church.

This is not as it should be.

So, I ask you – and myself –

Where’s God on the List?

A Kitchen Prayer

This poem was written many years ago by a 19 year old girl who was in domestic service in England.  It was read by Dr. G. Campbell Morgan during one of his services at Westminster Chapel, London.

 

Lord of all pots and pans and things,

Since I’ve no time to be

A saint by doing lovely deeds

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!

Although I must have Martha’s hands

I have a Mary mind,

And when I black the boots and shoes,

Thy sandals, Lord, I find!

I think of how they trod the earth,

What time I scrub the floor;

Accept this meditation, Lord!

I haven’t time for more.

Warm all the kitchen with Thy love,

And light it with Thy peace!

Forgive me all my worrying

And make all grumbling cease!

Thou who didst love to give men food

In a room or by the sea,

Accept this service that I do –

I do it unto Thee!