God’s housekeeper

God’s housekeeper

Seek the Lord

I am always searching.

I’m searching for meaning, for purpose, for connection, for inspiration, for answers. For years, I puzzled over the question, “What can I do to get closer to God?”

To my surprise, I have found a sense of fufillment in the utterly mundane: cooking and cleaning.

Through the parish stewardship program at St. Paul in Florence, Ky., I bake monthly for Parish Kitchen; wash and iron the Mass linens one month a year; and water and care for the church’s plants another month of the year.

While others see October as fall leaves, football and Halloween, I associate October with pruning some ficus trees and trying not to poke myself on the pesky cactus in the back room.

Sing a new song

I have grown to love the time I spend in the empty church, just me, the greenery and God, my Father. I have a strange, calming sense that I am doing something for Him; I like that I am in His home, helping enliven and improve the space where weddings, baptisms, funerals and the daily Eucharist take place. By no means is it rocket science, but I feel peaceful with the thought that, “Hey, this is something I can do. And I have chosen to take the time to do it — for God.”

This past Saturday morning, as I was watering and snipping away, I realized after some time that I was singing, out loud, to no one in particular. My voice was bringing forth “Be Not Afraid,” seemingly without input from my brain. I stopped for a second to reflect on what I had just realized and knew instantly and doubtlessly that God had put the song in my heart.

As I recall that moment from my desk at work, I can hardly wait for this Saturday morning to get here, that I might be privileged enough to experience another sublime moment of joy in the Lord’s house.


About the Author

Jennifer Scroggins joined Franciscan Media in July 2010 as division director of content creation and services. A northern Kentucky native, Jennifer is passionate about travel, sports, cooking, fitness, music and the Catholic faith. She is a member of St. Paul parish in Florence, Ky.
  • http://www.americancatholic.org Lindsey Simmons

    What a great reminder of finding God and joy in simple things! Really enjoyed this post! :) “Be Not Afraid” is one of my favorite hymns…

    • Christopher Heffron

      Good stuff!