Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
I love that first cup of coffee in the morning.
The steaming liquid with its rich aroma. Sipping. Savoring.
Feeling the fog lift slowly from my sleep-smothered brain.
By the time I drain my second cup, I am fully awake. Blissfully aware.
But, not refreshed . . .
It's not until I hop into the shower, hot and steamy like the coffee, that my body feels renewed. Ready for the day ahead.
Hair washed. Body lathered. Face scrubbed.
On the outside . . .
But, what about the inside?
What about my heart? Have I sprinkled it with pure thoughts? Is it cleansed from guilt? Evil inclinations?
Or, like forgetting to scrub behind my ears or that hard-to-reach part of my back, is there a blemish there? Someone I have not forgiven? A person I neglected to pray for?
Thoughts which hinder me from loving my neighbor? From sincerely and fully loving the Lord?
Time to come clean. Time to "fess up". To pray to God to "create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me". (Psalm 51:10)
Are you ready today to come clean with God?
Will you pray with me?
(From The Book of Common Prayer, The Holy Eucharist: Rite Two)
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Psalms 40, 54 or 51