The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


All in a day's work

Opportunities for serving God come in ordinary tasks

We started talking about how we practice spirituality at work when we realized that Mary Ann was bowing to her computer at the end of the day. "It's just a gesture of gratitude," she explained, similar to what Brother Lawrence was doing when he praised his cooking pots for being the vehicles by which he was able to serve God, as described in his classic The Practice of the Presence of God (Revell, 1999).

Our work becomes a spiritual practice when it helps us connect to God, to our deepest selves and to the creation. But we may need to look beyond its ordinary associations to recognize its extraordinary possibilities.

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