Chores and Psalms

Today I awoke with a song in my heart,  “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His foot stool…Holy is He”   which is Psalm 99 by the Sons of Kora.   Then I thought of a man named Anselmo who was the door man of an 8 story building where we lived when I was a little boy growing up in Rome.  We called him “il prode Anselmo”, which is a famous poem written in 1856.  The poem pokes poetic fun at a dim witted knight who goes off to fight the Crusades in Palestine but never returns, dyeing of thirst because his helmet has a hole in it and he cant get enough water to drink.

The real life Anselmo was considered by the adults in my life as a simpleton.  I remember often seeing him washing down the white marble steps while singing Catholic hymns.  As I said, he was considered less than normal because who would be singing to God all the day long with a kind of trance-like look in his eyes?  All agreed that Anselmo was simple minded.  But maybe that man was  just a saint worshiping the living God while doing his daily chores.   I can still see that happy, Stepford wife look on his face.

This morning I’m thinking I have become like Anselmo.  Exalt the Lord our God, worship Him in song! Worship Him as we do our daily chores.  My goal has become constant awareness of the One who indwells me.  ” Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks”…even when washing the stairs!


About Franco Guerri

Born and raised in Rome Italy; immigrated to the US at ten; UC Berkeley activist during the Vietnam antiwar era; Hollywood assistant cameraman and film editor; spent the next few years seeking God, praying and meditating in France and the US; married 30 years to a beautiful artist/designer wife with whom he co-labors; two amazing sons; post graduate studies in engineering and Bible; discovered God as a personal relationship and the Cross as the bridge to Him; started and managed two successful manufacturing businesses in California and Montana. Now residing in Longmont, Colorado, close to his two sons and their families. Among other endeavors, he is writing a movie script about an Iraq war veteran who loses both his legs in the war.
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