A Little Spiritual HousecleaningThis was the meditation I gave at the diocesan ECW Board meeting on Saturday, inspired by being on the Flylady mailing list, and by some recent personal experiences.
Do you have science experiments in your refrigerator? UFOs (unidentified frozen objects) in your freezer? Stalled craft projects in your closet? And when you think about them, are you kind of paralyzed? Feel guilty about the meal you never cooked, the sweater you never finished, the holiday leftovers that are now just—left?
The dark corners of our coolers and our closets are just metaphors for the dust bunnies we have in our spiritual life. Unresolved issues, hurts, deeds we have done and left undone—they pile up in the recesses of our souls and bodies, leaving us paralyzed, unable to move forward into the new life Jesus promises us in the here and now and in the life to come.
The good news is that Jesus has already forgiven us for the interesting shades of green in our refrigerator and in our hearts. We are already forgiven for the things we have done and left undone. But we clutch onto them because they’re familiar and safe—we think, and we collect clutter in our closets, both metaphorical and literal.
Does keeping the science experiment in the refrigerator make you feel any less guilty? Does it magically turn into something that it’s not—a delicious, life-giving meal to share with your loved ones?
Does hanging onto the failed science experiments in our spiritual lives draw us closer to Christ and to each other? Or does it just put more in the way?
It’s okay to throw out the things that haven’t worked. It’s okay to clean out our closets, and look at our failures with the healing power of the Gospel, and just let them be.
It’s a new year, and we can make some room for God to work in our lives, in our congregations, and in our work together as Episcopal Church Women. We can throw out the mold and the freezer burn, and see what new things come from making just a little room for the Spirit to move and work in us.