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Cleaning House

Don’t ya just love it when the house is all clean and everything is in place?  I love the feeling that I get after I have spent some time cleaning and organizing things around the house or the office.  It evokes a feeling of being centered and at peace.  Some say that the state of one’s home is a reflection of their inner state.  I tend to think that’s true, at least of me.

Sometimes we’ve got to clean house.  And sometimes we’re forced into cleaning house.

At one time, Jesus cleaned house in a major way.  He was quite PO’d at the way people had cluttered the Temple with things that hindered people’s connection with the Divine.  He angrily drove out the merchants and money changers.

Sometimes we need to clear out interior clutter, behaviors that get in the way of our connection with God and one another.  Sometimes we need to literally clean out the temple that is our body by removing toxic substances that can harm our health.  Sometimes we need to “clear the air” in our relationships, take time to talk through issues so that we can begin to dance in step together again.

Sometimes we are forced into cleaning house.  Life circumstances come upon us like a fire and we are forced to look within, to begin again.  As I prayed yesterday morning, I read a meditation by Melody Beattie in her book of daily meditations entitled More Language of Letting Go.  In this meditation she described the wildfires that yearly scorch parts of the earth.  She described a particular fire one year that threatened some archeological sites in Colorado.  They were able to contain the fire and save the sites, and, as a result of the undergrowth in another area being burned off, they discovered twelve other sites.  She went on to say that sometimes Life throws a fire at us, but those fires have the possibility of pointing us in new directions and taking us to places of growth that otherwise we would not have imagined (see p.87-88).  Wildfires are the very things that burn off the clutter of undergrowth and encourage new growth.

Is there some house cleaning that you need to do?  Do it.  It will lead to good things.