I want to give a very humble thank you to Elissa Bjeletich for her mention of Praying with my Feet on the most recent of her Ancient Faith Radio podcast, Raising Saints. When I think of how far the words of my spiritual father have traveled, how many tired mothers they have encouraged and consoled...it's just amazing. I'll repost it here:
When my oldest three children were very small (i.e.-three, two and infant), I complained to my spiritual father that I seemed to spend more time outside the church than inside: walking/nursing the baby, removing the loud/crying toddler(s), etc. He told me that I was "praying with my feet." I have had many, many occasions to remember his words with gratitude.This does remind me that during this time when I'm feeling useless and a burden, when I can't move the laundry basket from one room to the next, when I can't stand long enough to cook dinner, when I can no longer manage the grocery shopping, to be mindful that I am praying with my whole (resting) body instead of my feet. Just as the time when one has many small children passes, this time will pass too, very quickly. Soon I'll be back to 'praying with my feet' as I pace with a new baby. I may be getting close to the time when I can no longer manage the church services, even with a folding chair, but I can still pray. As Elissa says in her podcast, I can still "give the widow's mite".