Holiday Cleaning

Today’s Word:  CLEAN

Today’s Time of Stillness:  8 minutes

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10

Like it or not, it had to be done.  The dreaded kitchen baseboards.  The only way they were getting clean was to invite company over.  And so we did.  The dogs were confused as I sat on the floor with cleanser and a rag, wondering what was even happening around them.

I’m not proud of that.  Or the fact that we only clean behind the arm chair when we have to move it for the Christmas tree.

For those of you who keep a clean house, by nature or by nurture, I say more power to you.  Truly.  I enjoy walking into your living room.  You never panic if the sofa gets pushed back from its usual place to make room for extra folding chairs.  There are no surprises under there for you.  I long for that kind of peace.

But it’s all done now and I feel better about myself.

Maybe, in a way, Advent is about a bit of holiday cleaning.  A time to do some of the nitty gritty work that we avoid much of the time.  Taking these moments of stillness and preparation to look inside of ourselves, to pull the arm chairs of our thoughts and habits and priorities away from the wall and see what kind of cleaning needs to be done.

Maybe there’s just some spot cleaning that needs to happen.  Or a deep clean of attitudes or habits.  There may even be some messes that could benefit from professional help.

Whatever needs to happen, remember, there’s company coming this Christmas.  Jesus probably doesn’t care about the dust bunnies under your sofa, but he does want to help the windows of your spirit to shine.


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