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Lord, 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,
complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy,
grimy towels and dirty lavatory;
they are so convenient.
Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs defrosting so badly;
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 absolutely must be cleaned today.
It has baked so many things over the years.
The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs mowing,
the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard.
Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming screen door.
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 shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.
A Mothers Morning Prayer
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings,
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible,
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines
Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous,
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day
Thank you, Lord, for what I have
A Womans prayer as Torunn has made it
Last changes: May 2004
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