Washing clothes since the beginning of time has been hard work, only in the 1950’s did it get any easier for 20th century women. Not only does doing the wash take a toll on the washer, it also stresses the fabric, in many cases stretching it or wearing it thin.
Each Sunday I recite on behalf of us all the Collect for Purity as we begin worship.
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, & from you no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit…
We come to be cleansed, washed, free of the grime & grit of the daily grind.
In our lesson for this last Sunday, Jesus, in the synagogue of Capernaum, encounters a man with an unclean spirit, not an evil spirit. Jesus washed the man’s soul clean. Our weekly worship does the same for us. We are “washed in the Blood of the lamb” and as we are cleansed, so we are sent out to do likewise.
There is much in our own day that could use a good washing. Let’s be about that work in the name of Jesus, always giving Him the glory.