Day of lists. Lists of things that need to be bought, done, written, or decided.

There’s the grocery list, the list of household chores to be done, the list of errands to run (how many times have I left the house and still not remembered to return that library book?). There’s the list of details to check on for tomorrow’s worship service, the list of friends I’ve promised to pray for, the list of clothes to pack for an upcoming trip (are they all clean? Better add laundry to the list of chores).

What is it with our lists, Lord? Do we love them so much because they let us imagine, even for a brief moment, that we are in control? That we can do everything, be everything, see everything?

Some days, it seems like our lists are not tools but tethers, taunting us with the things not yet checked off, limiting us, constraining us, preventing us from even noticing the glorious surprises you have in store for us this day.

Give us our lists, that we might do what is needful. Forgive us our lists, when we turn them into our gods. Open our eyes and our hearts to see the wonders of this day, hiding in between the laundry and the vacuuming. And when Facebook reminds us that today is National Blueberry Pie Day, give us joyful hearts as we revise our grocery list and rearrange our chores to make time for baking.


Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota and currently serving in interim ministry. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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