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!