"Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes;
we have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, smelly laundry;
we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those
unmade beds; they were so warm and comfortable
last night. I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this messy bathroom,
complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy,
grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they make life
so convenient. I know of places without water
to drink.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator
that needs cleaning. It has served us faithfully
for many years. It is full of cold drinks and
enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely
must be cleaned today; It has baked so many things
over the years.

The whole family is grateful for the tall grass
that needs mowed. My kids are healthy and able
to run and play in it.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting
me says you have richly blessed my family. I shall
do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the
alarm rings, thank you, Lord, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the
morning light as long as possible, thank you,
Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers
are short, my children are so loud, thank you,
Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like
the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times
not balanced, there are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is very often
monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity
to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day
to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
thank you, Lord, for life."