Pandemic, what pandemic??

“The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable.
It is the way we look at them – through faith or unbelief –
that makes them seem so.
We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits
trials to come our way for our own good.

Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God.
The more we know Him, the more we will desire to know Him.
As love increases with knowledge, the more we know God, the more we will truly love Him.
We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy.”

Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

Here’s to all the grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles as well as extended
family members, and or friends, who are on “lockdown” taking care
of the little ones or older ones, or simply the other ones, while all the others
can do this whole work from home thing!

I was talking typing with
Dawn Marie over on hugsnblessing (https://hugsnblessings.com)
as to how we were both coping with being a grandmother who was helping with our little
grandbabies while their moms were busy teaching from home
while we were all stuck at home…all together at the same time.

I’ve mentioned before that with all the parents now working from home…
someone has got to be helping with all those children who are also at home—

I told Dawn Marie that I wasn’t worried so much about a pandemic taking me out
as much as I was about stepping on the Lego that is now strewn all
around the house…all while I was walking barefooted through the minefield
that is now my home!

She told me how cooking was, becoming for her, almost monastic
as she recalled a prayer by Brother Lawrence.

Now I’ve written and quoted Br. Lawrence before.

And I too understood most clearly what she was saying.

In what seems to be a previous life,
I was once upon a time a mom who also worked outside of the home…
so I knew all too well about balance.
Sometimes I did a good job balancing, sometimes, not so much.

Yet as we fast forward a good 30 years or so, into this now surreal time
of pandemics and lockdowns and sheltering in place and working from home…
I think I’ve now spent more time in my kitchen in the past three weeks than
I have in the past twenty years…or so it seems.

And this comes from someone who loves to cook!

I understand pots and I understand pans… just as I now understand laundry.
Washing, fighting stains, drying, folding…all for many a big and little wee folk
living in my current state of lockdown.

Brother Lawrence spoke of the same sort of menial acts of our lives as being
actually large thank offerings to God.
Brother Lawrence was a simple monk who toiled in the kitchen and laundry of
a Medival monastery and so if anyone knew manual labor and mundae toil and trouble,
it was Brother Lawrence.

His was the work of daily menial chores.
And yet it was in those mundane chores that he could find joy in offering to God
the simple blessings of his life.

So as we each now labor in perhaps a different capacity than what we are accustomed to—
be it working from home while balancing a family,
or perhaps sheltering in place alone and isolated,
or working to provide needed services in this time of emergency…
may we each learn to look at our circumstance not so much as our own,
but rather as a thank offering of joy to our Heavenly Father who sees
and knows of our struggles.

Learning to shift our perspective from that of carrying out thankless and
backbreaking chores into one of giving selflessly with love can miraculously lift
and change our spirits…and if there was ever a time we needed to uplift our
spirits…it would be now!

Brother Lawrence is attributed with having written a small humble book
The Practice of the Presence of God.

You can read about Brother Lawrence here:
(https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/innertravelers/brother-lawrence.html )

This is the prayer attributed to Brother Lawrence,
the French medival Christian monastic who labored in the kitchen of a medieval monastery…
may his kind and gentle thoughts bring you peace during this time of uncertainty.

Lord of all pots and pans and things,
since I’ve no time to be a great saint
by doing lovely things,
or watching late with Thee,
or dreaming in the dawnlight,
or storming heaven’s gates,
make me a saint by getting meals,
and washing up the plates.
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 the service that I do,
I do it unto Thee.
Amen/em>

6 comments on “Pandemic, what pandemic??

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    Loved this.

    Lego – That really hurts a lot. Our son threw our grandson’s Legos away. He since restored them, but he got the point across – still there are mistakes made …
    Household chores – Saturday, I tried a new recipe for my diet, Coconut Macaroons (Gluten Free, Lactose Free, and very yummy). Sunday, made another batch of Cranberry Scones with Lemon Glaze (also free of Gluten and Lactose, and yummy). Monday, scrubbed the stove top, not spotless, but scrubbed, and also cleaned the grease screen for the stove top vent and replaced the lights and cleaned the light covers over the stove top.

    When you look at the chores that you never had time for, the Stay-at-Home order is a blessing in disguise – that is without children under foot. But we still need to read the Bible more and call family more. This thing could be a wake-up call, if we can rely on the Holy Spirit and trust in God, we could have a new awakening.

    • Well today I was almost taken out by one baby in a walker who I did not see as I was carrying the other older and heavier one—I fell over the mobile one while holding the bigger one and did my darndest to keep all from crashing but for myslef—one knee later…all are well but for my knee—this pandemic may kill me yet—but not for pandemic reasons—-and as for the kitchen—I am a kitchen Nazi—meaning it is my realm in the house. When I’m away and my husband get in it—well it takes me forever to find and sort once I get home—you’re poor wife, once she gets home, will not even know her own home—but at least it will be spic and span clean 🙂

      • hatrack4 says:

        Almost, I soaked some spots that never regained their luster. Maybe the next go at it. We still have at least six weeks before I go down there – if the quarantines are over by then…

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    A delightful continuation to our written discussion, Julie! I am so grateful you expounded upon Brother Lawrence’s divine wisdom. My own copy is so dog-eared and worn and I still find untapped wisdom whenever I take in it hand to reread.

    I hope the littles are managing the disruption to their schedules…and that you are remaining injury free, giggles. What treasured stories we will all have to re-tell when they are much older and we gather to celebrate their graduations. The “I remember when’s” will feel like blessings then. Right now…perhaps, “not so much.” Giggles.

    Hang in there grandma – sending you some extra hugs n’ blessings to remind you “If you’re tired do it tired.”

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