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The Kitchen or the Lounge Room?  

 

The following prayer, based upon Luke 10/38-42 (NIV), was written by Ken Gire (“The Reflective Life”, Chariot Victor Publishing 1998, pp.118,119). These words resonated deeply within me and it was easy to make them my own prayer.    

 

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."  

 

Dear Savior at whose feet I now sit,  

 When you knock on the door to my heart, what is it you are looking for? What is it you want? Is it not to come in to dine with me and I with you? Is it not for fellowship?   And yet, so often, where do you find me? At your feet? No. In the kitchen. How many times have I become distracted and left you there…sitting….waiting….longing?  

 

What is so important about my kitchen full of preparations that draws me away from you? How can they seem so trivial now and yet so urgent when I’m caught up in them?   Forgive me for being so distracted by my preparations and so little attracted by your presence. For being so diligent in my service and so negligent in my devotions. For being so quick to my feet and so slow to yours.   Help me to understand that it is an intimate moment you seek from me, not an elaborate meal.  

 

Guard my heart this day from the many distractions that vie for my attention. And help me to fix my eyes on you. Not on my rank in the kingdom, as did the disciples. Not on the finer points of theology, as did the scribes. Not on the sins of others, as did the Pharisees. Not on a place of worship, as did the woman at the well. Not on the budget, as did Judas. But on you.  

 

Bring me out of the kitchen, Lord. Bid me come to your feet. And there may I thrill to sit and adore thee…

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