Blessed in the mess

Thank you, Lord,
for the piles of laundry.
You’ve given us more than enough clothes to wear.

Thank you, Lord,
for the sinkful of dirty dishes.
You’ve given us our daily bread and much, much more.

Thank you, Lord,
for the oft-scattered books and blocks and baby dolls.
They’re signs of a home blessed with children, hoped and prayed for, precious gifts from Your hand.

Thank you, Lord,
for the not-so-shiny bathroom,
with toothpaste smeared on the mirror and a dirt-sprinkled tub.
You have given us running water, indoor plumbing,
kids who are growing and learning skills like tooth-brushing,
and a beautiful world outside worth getting dirty in.

Thank you, Lord,
for the assorted tools and various pairs of work shoes —
they remind me that You have given me the one whom my soul loves,
who selflessly serves our family each day.

Thank you, Lord,
for the blue paint smudge on the curtain,
for the faint green fingerprints on the door.
They’re signs that we are creating here,
making beautiful messes,
such as we ourselves all are.

Thank you, Lord,
for all the projects left undone —
for paper piles and donation piles and random-junk-on-the-dresser piles,
for furniture needing to be dusted or painted or repurposed,
for things needing to be washed or repaired or built or organized.
They’re signs that, hopefully, we have other important things to do,
people to attend to,
that the to-do list can wait.
(Lord, make sure it’s Your kingom we’re seeking first.)

Thank you, Lord,
for the dirty windows,
windows glazed with dust and dirt and pollen and small handprints.
They remind me that we now see dimly,
but one day we’ll see clearly —
Your beauty, Your brighness, Your power and glory.

Lord,
when we see our messes —
remind us that we are blessed.
Help us to give thanks in all circumstances — in cleanliness or chaos.
Help us to worship when we’re tempted to worry.
Make our homes havens of holiness.
Help us to choose the good portion daily:
You.

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Photo credits:
Header photo (laundry basket):  Annie Spratt via Unsplash
Frying pans photo:  Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash
Cleaning supplies photo:  Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash
Girl reading Bible:  Josh Applegate via Unsplash

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