Today, I am grateful for something as simple as cleanliness. Earlier today, I finished exercising, and I was feeling a little grubby. I couldn’t wait to get into the shower! 

I was nearly overcome with delight when I got into the shower at last. It felt so refreshing! When it was over, I loved how my body felt, and I was energized to go about the rest of my day.

This daily ritual that I enjoy – taking a shower – is one that I know that I take for granted. That I am able to be clean and stay clean is indeed a gift! There are many parts of the world where sanitation isn’t the norm, water-borne disease is pervasive, and luxuries like soap and body wash aren’t available for most people. Never mind having access to something as fundamental as hot water, as well as modern conveniences like showers and bathtubs that help facilitate the cleansing process.

Being clean also reminds me of my spiritual walk. In my own strength, I can rinse my body with water and believe it to be clean; however, the only thing that is truly able to cleanse my body is soap, combined with water. The two together not only remove dirt, but they also add something – a light scent and moisture, contributing to an overall sense of cleansing.

In the same way, it’s only through faith in Christ that I am able to be “clean” – in right relationship with God – and not through my own efforts. However, I can partner with God and allow the “soap” of the Holy Spirit to do His work in my life, and to bring about the cleansing and restoration that He desires. Just as with my daily shower, when the Holy Spirit does His work in His way, He takes away the power of sin in my life, and it disappears down the drain of forgiveness and reconciliation forever! At the same time, He changes me from the inside out, so that I am more like Him. Amazing + Grace.

I don’t expect that I’ll ever look at my daily shower routine in quite the same way ever again! Thank You, Lord, for cleansing me. And thank You, Lord, for keeping me clean – literally and spiritually.

Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for the privilege and blessing of cleanliness. I thank You that I have access to the conveniences of soap, running water, and a functional shower. Thank You for clean water, and for placing me in a society where proper sanitation is available for most people. Thank You also for cleaning me up spiritually – for diligently convicting me of sin, and removing anything from my life that does not honor You. To paraphrase the classic hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness:

Great is your faithfulness, great is your faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed, Your hand has provided. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord, to me.

Thank You for your unrelenting faithfulness. In Your name I pray, Amen. 

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