Scripture of the Day
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (
It took me a while to claim this one. I so much want the freshly-charged, new, wise, right spirit. But there is a price, or at least it feels like one to me. I have to face the ways in which my heart is cluttered and dirty. Whenever I have a project — a sermon to write, a creation to craft, a meal to cook — I begin by cleaning. The clean workspace energizes me. Cleaning, in this sense, is a two fold effort: tidying up the clutter, and washing the dirt away. Why is the spiritual application of this so hard to accept?
Holy Spirit, make plain to me who I am and how I am built. Draw the lines between your fire within me and the way of Jesus. Hold me to the mirror that I may understand fully my sin — the space between me and God and my neighbor, the incompleteness of my labor, the almost-there-but-still-a-little-ways-to-go of my dreams. Hand me a broom and help me sweep these floors and clear the workbench of my soul that a new, right spirit may flourish again. Amen.