into Brother Lawrence's kitchen.
The dusky light shines through motes
making a silhouette of this homely monk.
The hard work of food, cooking and dishes
happens without the use of the word busy.
I feel love through the pores of him breathing
and his eyes connected to fellow, self and God.
No ordering about and yet, everything has a place.
No rushing, and yet look, it is all done.
There is peace in each duty performed.
There is a divine connection in the work.
Lord, your presence is all around me as I do,
everything that has a need can be settled into
without the driven edge of stress.
Let us practice the presence of grace
and rest in the bosom of your love
where work is worship.
An audio reading of the book The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence: