Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lent 26

It's bath time! "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7, NRSV). "Soak me in your laundry and I'll come out clean; scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life" (The Message). "Let my spirit be cleansed by aromatherapy, and let my body be washed with a plunge into the bubble bath so that I am clean and refreshed, inside and out" (New Revised Rachel Version). Let your prayer-writing be imaginative today as you delight in the image of a spiritual bubble bath, drawn for you by God for your rejuvenation.

I step into your grace -- a scalding hot bath
that catches my breath and eases my muscles --
and I let the heat seep under my calloused skin.
It's not just my stiffness that needs washing away; it's also
the dirt that I've been clinging to (not the other way around)
like a protective shroud around my selfish habits.
Wash the muck away and scrub hard by your Loofah-Spirit
until my very being is softened and raw,
sensitive to your touch again.

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