Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mary Heart, Martha Mind

Having a Mary Heart
and a Martha Mind

Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I’ve no 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.

—Cecily Rosemary Hallack (1898-1938)


1 comment:

ValleyGirl said...

Oh, I like this ~ and oh, that it would be an honest prayer from me, too! I think stay-at-home moms often have trouble feeling like they could ever be a "Mary", taking time to simply SIT AND LISTEN at His feet. Thanks for sharing!!