Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wash up!

Today’s Reading: John 9:6-7 (NIV)

6 Having said this, [Jesus] spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Good morning!

“Wash up for supper!” We could hear Mom shouting from the open window by the kitchen sink. My sister and I would come running in from the back yard, famished and ready to sit down for our family meal. We had a small step stool by the sink in the bathroom so we could reach the faucets and wash our hands. Daddy often worked outside until dark, so our evening meals were late, especially in the summer time. Daddy’s hands were filthy from mowing grass, working on our family car, and from the dirt he acquired while pulling weeds in the garden. He kept a jar of Goop® next to the sink, just to remove those hard, set-in stains.

“Scrub hard!” Mom would say as she heard the water running. Pammy and I would play around a little, slinging soapy water at each other. Occasionally, the water would splash in our faces. I was the family tattle tale. With pouting lips and a whine that could heard all over the house, I cried, “Mommy, Pammy got soap in my eyes!” “Stop fooling around and come to the table right now,” she would say. We would run to the kitchen table, sliding into our designated seats. Before we said the blessing, Mommy would look at our hands and faces to ensure we were actually clean. Often, we were sent back to the bathroom sink to wash again.

Jesus knew a little dirt mixed in the Master’s hand is a powerful, healing balm. Touching the blind man’s eyes with His miraculous mudpack, Jesus sent him to the pool of Siloam to wash up for the rest of his life. Willingly, the blind man went to the Pool of Siloam and washed his face and hands. He returned home, seeing clearly for the very first time.

Amazing miracles happen when we allow the Lord of life to wash us in His precious, healing blood. He has the power to remove our set-in, sinful stains once and for all. He will clean up your life, if you will let Him. Will you choose to obey when He sends you to the Pool of Grace to wash up?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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