There was a day not too long ago where I was feeling particularly stressed and I was reaching my breaking point. Which as a whole rarely happens but the circumstances at my house have diverged from our normal routine. But that night I needed to make sure that my daughter would have something healthy to eat for dinner, so I got out the ground beef from the freezer and put it in water to thaw. I then started the work of cutting an onion, carrots, and bell peppers all while listening to Linkin Park. The act of preparing a meal for my daughter was therapeutic and it allowed me to center my thoughts…in the midst of the rock music.
I realized that as a Mom it’s much harder to get to an Adoption chapel or sit for long periods in prayer. We more frequently do the dishes, mop the floor, sweep, scrub the toilet, clean the counters, and nurse and feed our babies/families, etc. These are our chapels of prayer. This is what we are called to do in our ordinary lives, make everything a prayer. Our tiny sufferings throughout the day can be lifted up. The chores we hate doing can help get ourselves, our husbands, and babies to heaven.
I did a quick search for a kitchen prayer, below is a prayer that perfectly articulates live as a mother.
Written by Klara Munkres
Lord of all pots and pans and things
Since I’ve not time to be
A saint by doing lovely things or
Watching late with 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,
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
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.
What is the chore you hate the most and how can you begin to use those moments to pray?