“The Angelus”, Work, and Worship


The Angelus – Jean-Francois Millet, 1859



A picture is worth a thousand words, and just like musical expressions of praise, paintings can often inspire us to worship.  One such painting is The Angelus, a beautiful depiction of the inseparable relationship between worship and our daily tasks.



Max Lucado wrote the following about this particular painting:



In the painting The Angelus by Jean-Francois Millet two peasants are praying in their field.  A church steeple sits on the horizon, and a light falls from Heaven.  The rays do not fall on the church, however, or on the couple’s bowed heads.  They fall on the wheelbarrrow and the pitchfork at the couple’s feet.  



God’s eyes fall on the work of our hands.  Our Wednesdays matter to Him as much as our Sundays.  One stay-at-home mom keeps this sign over her kitchen sink: “Divine tasks performed here daily.”  An executive hung this plaque in her office: “My desk is my altar.”  Both are correct.  With God, our work matters as much as our worship.  Indeed, work can be worship.



What work lies ahead of you today?  Are you facing a mountain of distasteful tasks – paying bills, washing dishes, or wading through an endless sea of e-mails?  Just remember that each moment you spend working can be a beautiful song of praise to the LORD, and that He is glorified in the way we go about our daily routines.



Let’s give Him our best!


9 thoughts on ““The Angelus”, Work, and Worship

  1. The picture is a prayer in itself. Thanks for sharing Max Lucado’s words. Today I am going to a Halloween gathering to celebrate the holiday US style with a friend and her six young great grand children. One family lives in Amsterdam and another in Vancouver, Canada. I’m sure I will receive more than I can give.

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  2. John,
    Thank you for this post! Love this picture and the meaning that author has placed in it.
    Thank you for posting this timely reminder that praise and worship can take a place during our daily routine, and not only on Sunday at our churches.

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  3. Beautiful! I’ve never seen this painting before. It reminds me of the quote by St. Francis of Assissi: “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

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