Kathleen Hirsch | Making the House Ready for the Lord
Writing and musings by author Kathleen Hirsch.
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Making the House Ready for the Lord

Making the House Ready for the Lord

Dear Lord, I have swept and I was have washed but
still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you.  Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice.  It is the season of their
many children.  What shall I do?  And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do?  And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do?  Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door.  And still I believe you will
come, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox,
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know
that really I am speaking to you whenever I say,
as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come in.
8 Comments
  • Nancy Rappaport

    December 7, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply

    I hope you got my last comment

    • kathleen.hirsch

      December 8, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply

      Thanks, Nancy. Love your attentiveness and insights, always.

  • Nancy Rappaport

    December 7, 2017 at 10:55 am Reply

    Thank you.
    So important to be reminded of generosity and providing shelter for those in need.

    • kathleen.hirsch

      December 8, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply

      You are so right. We need stories to keep us human.

  • Lynn Mansmann

    December 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Thank you! This really spoke to my heart!

    • kathleen.hirsch

      December 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Thank you!! Blessings to you, Lynn

  • Sue O'Reilly

    December 5, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply

    I wonder who in my day today will need shelter.

    • kathleen.hirsch

      December 5, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply

      And…what parts of ourselves will need welcome? Thanks, Sue!

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