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Quaran-cleaning

May 4, 2020

“Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.” 1 Peter 2:1

Well, today is Day 50. Back in the early days of sheltering in place, we made it a point to be busy around the house. To get things done! Projects, organization, all the things we always said we would do if we had the time. So, quaran-cleaning became a thing. Maybe it was for you, too. Maybe it still is. I confess that our zeal had flagged in this regard. Still, in those first few weeks we were able to rid ourselves of a fair amount of junk that we just didn’t need. We were also able to rid ourselves of some stuff that isn’t junk, and that will soon be donated to folks who can actually make use of it.

The epistle reading for this coming Sunday is 1 Peter 2:2-10. As you can guess, my first question is, “Why start at verse two?” Well, that’s where the passage starts to sound like gospel. But I think gospel always sounds sweeter when it follows the law. We need gospel because our lives are mired in sin. Sin creates in us what we find in 1 Peter 2:1: malice, guile, insincerity, envy, slander. No doubt lots of other garbage, too.

When we name these sins, we can do the housecleaning work to rid ourselves of them. Or at least to be aware of them at work in us so that they don’t derail our relationships with God or with each other.

Today is Day 50. I don’t know how many more days of this there will be. But there is work to be done for each of us. Some quaran-cleaning, if you will. It is a challenge to maintain our zeal for such projects, but that is the life of faith. There are disciplines into which we are invited when we are claimed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, the living stone upon whom are lives are now built.

Happy quaran-cleaning!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Holy God, we cry out to you for the amendment of our lives. Help us leave our many forms of sin in Jesus’ tomb as we step into newness of life again today. Give us an awareness of our faults, so that they may no longer have power over us. Free us to live to your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The boys with Let’s Rock Elmo, who was unfortunately rediscovered when we quaran-cleaned the basement. Even worse, his batteries still work.

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