Monthly Archives: September 2011

I Prayed for Five Minutes, But Got Two

It’s almost time to pick up Maria from work. There are dishes in the sink–and an opportunity to demonstrate love through service. I pray that I’ll have five minutes to work on them–plenty of time to make a difference, as there aren’t really that many dishes. Two minutes later, Maria calls for a ride.

“I wanted to help Mommy with the dishes,” I explain to five-year-old Tina, “but I only got four dishes done. But that’s okay. That’s four she doesn’t have to do.”

Tina and I pick up Maria, and I drop the two of them off at home.

Tina gets to work while Mom rests. Alone in the kitchen (but we are never truly alone!), Tina works on her plan. She’s not allowed to handle knives, so she leaves the cutlery–and washes the rest of the dishes.

“I knew you wouldn’t want to do them when you got up!” Tina beams as Mommy surveys her surprise–sparkling clean dishes, washed not out of duty or obedience but out of pure love.

I think our Lord is beaming, too.

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 (New Living Translation)