Kitchen Prayer

Two of my sisters and I have been recently talking about the Prayer Plaque over my mother’s sink. All the years we helped Mom with dishes we could look up and read the comforting prayer.

medium_kitchen_prayer.jpgLast evening we went to our parish Church’s spring festival, and at the White Elephant sale I found a copy. One could probably say it’s a bit “kitschy” in looks…but the prayer I love. I’m going to make this copywork for myself to do in calligraphy, and perhaps present a copy to my sisters to put over their own kitchen sinks. But I’ll think about that another day…after my garden is in the ground.

Kitchen Prayer

Lord of all pots and pans and things,
     Since I’ve not time to be
A saint by doing lovely thing or
     watching late wtih Thee
Or dreaming in the dawn light 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,
     each 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 my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food,
     in room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do,
     I do it unto Thee.

                –Klara Munkres