A few years ago, I participated in a one day retreat with clergy colleagues. We learned a bit about Celtic spirituality and the Celt’s reverence for the most ordinary parts of daily life – chopping the wood, laying the fire, washing the clothes. I continue to reap the benefits of that day’s conversation in my own growing awareness of the Spirit in my everyday. I recently unearthed two blessings I wrote during that retreat in my first efforts to hallow my experience of the most basic moments of my life. I share them here in hopes of inspiring you to give thanks – to bless to you – your sacred ordinary.
Bless to me my dishwasher
For its faithful and tireless
Performance of a thankless chore
For its diligence in wiping clean
What we have left behind
For its cheerful sending of me
To snuggle on the couch with
Freshly bathed little boys
For its freeing of my hands to be
Wrapped around cool
Shoulders in an evening embrace
To tuck in
To fold in prayer
To hold a book
To rest under a pillow
May the dishwasher swallow the rich crumbs of laughter and love
Shared around the table.
Bless to me my kitchen table
May it safely secure this day’s mail
That which arrives with stamps
and that which is found crumpled in the bottom of little boy book bags.
May it support the after-school efforts in math, spelling, and reading.
May it provide a warm cradle for the food that will sustain us for another day.
May it hold with love the joys and aches shared over its reach.
May it bless us with home.