Thank You, Lord

Mom with kids cartoonLord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes.

We have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry.

We have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds;

They were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom,

with all the splattered mirrors, soggy towels and dirty sink.
They are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator

It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lord, for this oven that needs to be cleaned today.
It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass.

We all enjoy the yard.  My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says You have richly blessed my family.

I will do them cheerfully and gratefully.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light for as long as possible,

Thank you, Lord, for a new day and new mercies.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,

Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise.

Even though life can be hectic and chaotic,

Thank you, Lord, for my family.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

– Author unknown, edited and adapted by C. Boyd

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Bless This House

Bless this house, O Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
keeping want and trouble out.

Bless the roof and chimneys tall.
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless this door that it may prove
ever open to joy and love.

Bless these windows shining bright,
letting in God’s heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there
with smoke ascending like a prayer.

Bless the people here within.
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all that we may be
fit, O Lord, to dwell with Thee.

~  Helen Taylor (written in 1927)

Note:  Helen Taylor was an English woman who lived in London and was employed first as a governess, later earning her livelihood as a Lecturer on Literature and a Lyric Writer.  The poem, “Bless This House” is her most well-known work, having been set to music by Australian composer May H. Brahe and recorded by many well-known signers.  Helen Taylor passed away in 1943.

 

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