December 17

Bro Lawrence kitchen.jpg

As we approach the holiday, we find some tasks we enjoy and others we are reluctant to face.  When I find myself in a rebellious, irritated mood, sometimes I take a little time.  Instead of tackling the unwelcome chore, I pray that I might find some willingness.  And usually, something eases in me, and when I feel that willingness grow a little, then I set to my work. 

Perhaps I picked up this practice from reading about Brother Lawrence.  He was a 17th century Carmelite monk who was assigned to the monastery kitchen, when he might rather have spent his time in prayer.  Yet he came to find joy in his work: 

In the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees in the Chapel. ….

Make it your study, before taking up any task, to look to God, be it only for a moment.