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The Deep Cleansing Power of His Love                   April 23, 2014

Dear friends,

I would never have imagined that the simple act of putting my Detroit Tiger warm
up jacket in the wash would have such a disastrous effect on the laundry. I'd
washed it before without a problem. I didn't even think about it as I loaded
everything into the dryer.

Later that day Lori was met with quite a surprise when she unloaded the dryer.
Everything was tinged a shade of navy blue.  Her brand new Iowa State sweatshirt,
a blanket, three towels and two pairs of pants were ruined. Not a single thing in the
load could be saved, including the jacket.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the entire inside of the dryer had turned blue. As I
surveyed the mess, I picked up the jacket and noticed a little tag  tucked inside the
seam. In BIG BOLD LETTERS it read, "Line Dry Only." Ooops! Does anybody
really read those care instructions?

It is absolutely unbelievable how one innocent little slip up can make such a
terrible mess of things. It took us hours, (actually it was Lori who did the work,) to
clean the dryer and everything had to be thrown away. All because I failed to heed
the manufacturer's directions.

Of course, this type of thing happens every day in our lives. We make choices that
seem innocent enough. We cheat a little. We stretch the truth, take liberties and
sometimes even do things that we know are wrong. It seems like quite often we
disregard the warnings and do whatever we want.

We act as if our choices don't have consequences, Then we act surprised when
they come back to haunt us. The good news is that God is quick to forgive when we
turn to him. We read in the book of Isaiah that if we stop doing wrong and follow
his commands that he will clean us up and make us like new. (Is 1:16-20)

It is great poetry. The Prophet says,"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow!" I don't have the ability to change what happened in our
laundry room but I thank God that he has the power to clean up the mess we make
of our lives. He is always ready to give us a fresh start when we return to him.
That is the cleansing power of his love. Praise God!

God bless. See you in church.