“Send me your light and your faithful care,
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.” Psalms 43:3-6
We eat eggs every morning; it is the simplest and most nourishing option for our family. Yet, our pan is so often dirty with the eggs of the morning before; I’d love to say we wash it right away, that we are always on time and never rushed and running out the door, dishes are never left on the table and the pan is never left on the stove…but that would be the thing of fairytale. We hope each year to find a non-stick pan and we invest in them, buying this one or that one, hoping for that perfect pan. Each year the pan disappoints. The eggs are, nourishing yes, and also sticky and stubborn. We may want the pan that has the non-stick magic, but elbow grease is the one thing that works.
We have to put the effort into the cleaning, the preparation, the follow through. There are no magic pans, no Teflon; nor ceramic; nor new coating inventions. Scrub the pan, cook the eggs, be nourished and continue on. We build our strength for the truly worthy task of dedication and constancy through our every day—washing the pan, cooking the eggs, being nourished through our work and our choices each and every day.
by Trish Dowd Kelne
Let us pray, O Lord of Every Day and Every Moment, grant us the willingness to focus on doing the work and letting go of the wish and want that it “just cleans itself.” Oh God, lead us this Advent, remind us of the wonder of everyday work, its meaning beyond the basic task; prepare us and strengthen us for the goodness and meaning of your calling to the light of your Son. Please God, open our hearts through the work of preparation. Grant us grace in the moments of hurried and forgotten and not wanting to. We welcome your Son; we thank you for the work of the day. In your name, we pray, amen.