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Cleaning House for Jesus                     February 20, 2013

Dear friends,

My mother went back to work when my youngest brother went to school.  So she
hired someone to come in a couple times a month to do some light housekeeping.  I
used to laugh at her.  On the day the housekeeper was due, my mom would go
around picking up the house.  It looked pretty good by the time she was done.

Fast forward thirty years and I have become my mother.  With our hectic schedules
we decided to have a friend come in to do some light housekeeping.  Now I am the
one who runs around picking up, washing dishes and cleaning up.  I will never forget
the day when my daughter asked me why I didn't leave it for Sue to do.

I told her that I wanted Sue to do the things we didn't have time to do.  Her job was
the wash the floors and give the kitchen and bathrooms a good cleaning.  I didn't
want her spending her time on the easy things that we could do ourselves.  She was
there to help.

I thought of this as we entered the season of Lent.  Lent is traditionally a time of
preparation, of getting ready for Easter. We do that in a variety of ways.  Some do
it by spending time in prayer and fasting.  Others focus on repentance or self
denial.  It is that "getting ready" part that sparked my memory.

Thinking about what Jesus did for us is a sobering thought.  He bridged the gap
between God and us by accepting the punishment for sin that we deserve.  He came
in and cleaned house on our lives.  He scrubbed every mark of sin away and left us
pure as new fallen snow.

So I like to think of Lent as a time of inner cleansing.  I use the season to get rid of
things in my life that get in the way of my relationship to Jesus.  I know Jesus could
do it all, but I want to do my part, the easy part, as I told my daughter.  What about
you?  Do you need to clean up, wash out or get of rid some things in your life?  Now
is the perfect time.

Why not use the Lenten season to spiff up your spiritual house?  Easter's coming
and Jesus wants to celebrate with you and me.

God bless. See you in church. Cal