Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Broom

Thank you, God.
For my place.
Under your great and gracious skies.
For a house, a tree, a swing.
For beauty that is small and precious.

I praise You,
For You are the Giver
Of all good things.

You bring into my life
Each day,
A task that is as humble as a broom.
You say--Sweep!

There is a friend to be listened to...
A card to be sent,
A home to be cared for.

I sweep dust
Into my own face.
I could just cry.
I feel so clumsy, so ordinary,
So unfit for Your Holy calling.

But when I get tired
You take away my broom,
And You sit me down
On a bench,
For a drink of lemonade.

I realize that I haven't minded the job.
There are golden glints in the straw.

Soon, I'm ready to sweep again.
With hands that are more tender
And a heart that is more willing to be taught.

I praise You, Lord,
Suffering servant, and victorious King,
For the privilege of taking
Even one stroke...
With my broom.


"And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." ~Luke 9:23

This is a repost from April 26, 2006. It is always a great encourager to me. I will be taking a week or so off from the blogging circuit--for many different reasons--but I'll see you when I'm back!!


L.L. Barkat said...

Going off to the bench to have lemonade, perhaps? Will miss you. Have a nice rest.

bluemountainmama said...

yes...have a nice rest! and regardng your comment on my blog....sir laughsalot DOES tend to gravitate toward older women :)

Christine said...

I love this poem. This fits perfectly with what I've been thinking about lately. I have a post scrambling in my brain and I'm going to link to this later. Have a refreshing week off!

Mrs. S said...

I am going to print this poem out to hang somewhere in my house. Thank you. Enjoy your week off!!

AIMEE said...

Will miss you Andrea! You are refreshing! I emailed you...

Roberta said...

This was the first post I had ever read of yours and had always wanted to ask where you found this and if you took that picture.
May I ask that?
And had intended all along to link to it, perhaps now I will.
Thanks for again inspires me.

Andrea said...

I wish I did know who wrote the poem. Someone gave it to me a few years ago. I love it.
The picture is from "Big Stock Photo"--I did not take it. What took so long to ask? ;)
The poem is great, isn't it?

Anna said...

Have a wonderful, restful week! :) We will miss you Andrea...

Roberta said...

What took so long to ask? ;)
Distracted procrastinator. :)

The poem is great, isn't it?
Yes, truly.

Have a blessed week!

Natalee said...

Thank you for your comment on my post...and for being so....refreshing.

Will be reading...