I will not let love and truth leave me; I will bind them around my neck and write them on the tablet of my heart. Proverbs 3:3

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Which kitchen gadget is a favorite of yours? My orange juice maker is indispensable, especially during the winter. The white plastic strainer through which the juice flows is adjustable from more pulp to less pulp. It was kind of hard to wash all the pulp out of the openings, so I decided to bleach it, tossing it into my laundry basket in the kitchen to take downstairs where I keep the bleach. (Yeah, laundry room in the basement! Don't even ask! Four kids all these years, three floors up and down, and how many times? Let's just say it was my free aerobics class!)

Anyway, my daughter was visiting and noticed the juice strainer in the laundry basket. She picked it up, laughing as she figured how to separate the strainer's adjoining pieces. I had no idea. And then we both gasped, because there, caked onto the connected pieces, was a horrendous-looking black mold. Yikes! And to think I drank orange and grapefruit juice from this treasured kitchen tool every day -- for more than a year!

This happened during last month's Holy Week, and I thought how this is a picture of me spiritually. During the week between Palm Sunday and Easter, I reflect pretty intensely about the hidden parts of me that need a cleaning. As with the strainer, often I don't even know it. But when I ponder how God came to us to offer a way back to Him, forgiveness from Him, and eternity with Him through Christ, it bares my soul and there it is: my moldy sin. I might see it for the first time. It's the stuff I excuse in myself, overlook, or cover over with great makeup -- like being kind and polite and helpful and jolly. It's stuff like gossip, discouragement, being judgmental, and going it on my own without consulting God and His Word. Sound familiar? You probably have a laundry list of your own.

When I come to the Cross, in my head and heart, with prayer and confession, God bleaches my heart "strainer" with its hidden mold and washes it clean as new with the truth Jesus spoke. In the Bible story given in John 4:10-13, Jesus asks a woman at a well for a drink. She reminds Him she's from an area Jews avoided. Jesus answers, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water." She points out that He doesn't have anything to draw water and asks, "Where can you get this living water?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

This "water" will satisfy your thirst. Have a little think about it!

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