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Good Intentions

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions…”

According to Wikipedia, the saying is thought to have originated with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote, “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs” (hell is full of good wishes and desires).  An earlier saying occurs in Virgil’s Aeneid: “facilis descensus Averno (It is easy to go to hell)”.  Whether this statement is true or not, I will let you be the judge.  However, I can honestly say that I have intended to do many things in my life, which I never followed through on…finishing my degree, getting together with my college girlfriend, writing in this blog on a frequent basis, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I guess  this would also include the things that I meant to do but never did. There are also mistakes that have made along the way because I “never intended” to do the wrong thing.

Our intentions (or lack thereof) should give us pause to reflect upon on our past action and inactions: “How could I have done better?”  Let’s face it; there is always room for improvement.  As we look back on another year that is drawing to a close, consider asking yourself how you could have done differently. Once you have answered this question, perhaps you could pick one or two things to work on in the new year ahead.

I can think of a few things.  How about you?

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Finding God In The Laundry Room

It may sound a bit odd to tell someone that they can “find God in the laundry room”; however, I can attest that it is indeed possible.

As a busy mother of three, who is often roused from a deep sleep by my youngest child, Meghan (often before 5 a.m.!) it is rather difficult to find a quiet moment or two before the rest of the family wakes to say even a brief morning prayer. Forget having a regular block of time set aside for prayer, devotions or meditation. This just isn’t happening in my house! Most days, I “hit the ground running” and am lucky if I even remember to lift my mind and heart to God following my early morning “Meghan Wake-Up Call”.

Now I don’t know about you, but the first place I go once I have my cup of coffee in hand is down to the basement to my laundry room to forage for clean clothing for my family.  In the morning, it is one place that I can go to get some peace and quiet before the craziness of the day begins.

I have said many prayers in my laundry room.  Sometimes I look at each individual piece of clothing and thank God for the person that wears it.  My husband’s tshirts, my 14 year old son’s jeans, my 10 year daughter’s pajamas, my 5 year old daughter’s favorite pink shirt, etc.  How blessed I am to have this family to care for and love! A little gratitude goes a long way at the start of the day.

I may not always have time to walk into a church or even kneel down beside my bed; however, I can pray wherever I happen to be no matter what I am doing at any given moment.  Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta said that “our work is a prayer”. Don’t forget that even the most menial task can be turned into an opportunity to become an offering to our Creator.

Have you said a prayer lately? When and where do you pray?