2 Chronicles 29:1-11, 16-19
“…Listen to me, Levites! Sanctify yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and carry out the filth from the holy place.” 2 Chronicles 29:5 NRSV
Ahhhh. Spring cleaning. Do you have a clean-up day at your church every year or so? Due to bad governing, the temple had actually been closed for awhile. It needed a good physical cleaning which the priests managed to complete two days early. Though we know God is everywhere, we think of our churches as “houses of God” and therefore should be treated with respect which includes a good hauling out of dust and broken clocks and stuff no longer useful to the life of the Body of Christ in that place.
But what else is lurking about in the darkened corners and locked closets? A box of complaints about past preachers? A file of ideas no longer appropriate to our complex society? Burned out candles of programs that no longer work?
What about that policy/polity book? What’s long-held practices hiding in there are keeping the doors only partly open, open perhaps to only a certain type of worshipper?
It’s Lent. Throw those doors open and let the sunlight in, let the wind blow cobwebs of insecurity and fear out the other side.
Come! Let us worship in God’s presence with clean hearts.
Holy One, give me a clean heart, that I might serve you. And help us let go of the stuff in the “temple” that holds us back from your amazing grace and awesome glory. And so it is.
— Pastor Fay Ann Blaylock, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Zion United Church of Christ