Brief Thoughts on Cleaning and Prayer
Electricians spent the past week updating and rewiring the electrical service in our 65-year-old house. I mention this because with the needed work came the dust and chaos of moving, removing, and again moving furniture and the stuff of our lives. And as the dust now settles, it’s time for us to clean and reorganize.
While many families “celebrate” an annual springtime housecleaning ritual, ours will occur yet this winter. In beginning the process this morning, I found myself working my way through a box of accumulated papers from the past. And buried in the box I found a wonderful, and wonderfully honest, prayer composed by an unknown writer which goes as follows:
So far today I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossiped,
haven’t lost my temper,
haven’t been greedy, grumpy or nasty,
selfish, or over-indulgent.
I’m really glad about that.
But in a few minutes, Lord,
I’m going to get out of bed
and from then on
I’m probably going to need
a lot more help from you.
Thank you in Jesus’ name.
While I can’t speak for you, I personally find this prayer to be not only humorous and clever, but also refreshingly accurate and honest. And therefore, I’m gladly sharing it with you now. Whether you are a spring cleaner, winter cleaner, or no cleaner at all, I hope that you take time each day – even a little time – for prayer. As this prayer so well illustrates, the best prayers are simple and honest ones. For prayer is less a matter of eloquence and length, than of depth and sincerity.
So please take time today – or better yet right now – to let God know what’s happening with you. What are you feeling, hoping, dreading, and longing for? Who and what are you worried about, and how might you be a source of comfort and strength for them?
Who knows, you might find a surprise or two in the next box you open. You might just find answered prayers!