Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Ministry of the Pans – v4

She invoked his story, his memory,
his ministry of the pans
humble, a servant, giving
washing the pots, the pans
of the monastery, faithful
humble service, noble servant

being the servant to the servants
doing all he did, for the love of God,
whatever the chore, the task
Living his love of God, out loud
by his simple acts, devotion
present with God, in these works

So it is with others, on my path,
my journey in this life, seeing them
working in the kitchen, in the shadows
behind the scenes a bit, maybe
the crew we rely on, who we trust
to do those manual tasks, simply,

trying to do this work, in our time
as Brother Lawrence did
in the living presence of God
humbly serving only
washing the pots, dishes
the ministry of the pans

edited November 18, 2014
The Ministry of the Pans – v5

(editing version 4)
Edited October 25, 2013
“The Ministry of the Pans – v4”
Edited October 19, 2013
“The Ministry of the Pans – v3”
 (editing original again)
Edited April 25, 2013
“The Ministry of the Pans – v2”
August 30, 2008
“The Ministry of the Pans”
Matthew 14:22-33, Psalm 69:1-3, Psalm 130:1,
the story of Brother Lawrence,
and sermon, “Reach Out Your Hand”,
by Reverend Lori Eldredge,
North Kingstown United Methodist Church
August 10, 2008

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