April 16, 2007

Meditations Of A Homemaker

Five yellow rosebuds, in a blue vase,
Perfectly molded, gentle in grace.
Fresh-laundered curtains here by my sink.
There 'neath my window birds pause to drink!
Seven red apples in a glass bowl;
Why do they bless and strengthen my soul?

Clean clothes are hanging here in the sun,
Smelling of pure suds-washing is done!
Draining the tubs, scrubbing the floor,
Dusting the table, answering the door,
Digging the garden, hoeing the weeds;
Why do these duties care for my needs?

Lord, mold me gently, just like the rose,
Cleanse me and keep me clean like my clothes;
Empty my soul of every gross thing,
Clear now my life of habits that cling:
Weed out all error. Lord, let me be
A good-hearted homemaker worshiping Thee!

Lydia Stoner

I thought this would be the perfect poem to start the week off with. It really speaks to my heart and I hope it does to yours, too.


Candy said...

I LOVE this poem! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! This is so very lovely. Believe I may copy and print it. I am blogging since April 8th here (had a wee blog at wordpress first). Just very happy I happened by your blog ;).

Candy said...

Susan, I was just having lunch and turned on CNN on TV and horrified to hear about Virginia Unniversity.. Oh my goodness, prayers are in order for sure. I just dont understand these things..

Susan P. said...

Candy, I have been watching the television coverage all afternoon. Mr. P is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Miss Bonnie has many friends that attend there. My heart is just broken over this and I have been weeping over this all afternoon. They just announced that is the worst masacre in U.S. history. Am lifting up prayers for all the students and faculty who were killed as well as their families. Such a horrible, senseless tragedy.

LBP said...

Thanks for the poem. It was very beautiful. I too have been watching the news today about the shootings at VA Tech. I'm not sure where you live, but we are about 30 minutes south of the school. Such a horrible, senseless tragedy.

LBP said...

I am 30 minutes NORTH of the school. I can't even think straight today.

Mrs. C said...

What a wonderful reminder of the need for a right attitude as we care for our homes and those we love. Have a blessed day; I'm glad you're "back".

Karen said...

I just heard about it from my husband this afternoon. I can't understand this. So scary, and so very sad.
I'll pray for this as well.
Thank you for the Meditations of a Homemaker excerpt. It gives you an old fashioned, everything's right with the world, feeling. Simplicity at its best.
Blessings Susan,

Storybook Woods said...

I love this and just what I needed to hear. xoxo Clarice

Jodi said...

Susan, your poem is inspiring. That first stanza has such beautiful, old fashioned imagery in it!

The shooting is a terrible thing; it's at these times especially that it's a comfort to know our Lord is always there for us!

Blessings my friend ~

Southern Heart said...

That was wonderful...I needed that today!


thehomespunheart said...

So lovely! Thank you so much for sharing! Welcome back!!

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

What a lovely poem!!

Late in saying so, but I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip and visit with your family.