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Sunday, April 23, 2006


Some garden work just can’t be done with gloves. One job in particular is the planting of tomatoes. This for several reasons: 1-I fill the hole I dig for them with water. 2-The sensitive touch of the bare fingers is needed to remove from their original container. 3-The fingernails are needed to pinch off the lower leaves in order to plant this garden fruit deeper and have more root system.

After finishing all this, the hands are caked with dirt and mud. The container of water from which I dipped the liquid for each hole had enough left in it with which to wash the dirt from the hands. The hands come out only “relatively” clean because the water had gotten muddy from the plant watering. This reminds of the old country song “Must’ve wash my hands in a muddy stream.” This type washing might be OK for the moment but sooner or later I want to get my hands clean by using clean water – and soap.

But what about when the inside or spiritual of us is dirty? God made a way so that we can be cleansed when we have dirtied our soul. This cleansing plan was started in motion when Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for all our sin. The Word says – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But what kind of plan do we have for a daily walk in a dirty world? “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

In another place it says: “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.” How’s that for a retirement plan? ec


Blogger B.J.W. said...

Hi, i tagged you for the quiz, Betty W.

4/23/2006 04:05:00 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

i get a lot of satisfaction from making and using my own soap.

and it occurs to me that how we 'make' our lives has a lot to do with how much washing our spirits need. the dirt of the world doesn't stick to us unless we take our gloves off.

4/23/2006 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

bjw - This is one very similar to another tag back on Feb. 10th. I will edit that one and send it tonight.

grannyfiddler - That is a very useful hobby - making your own soap. Yes, how we 'make' our lives is the determining factor. And Jesus made it possible to make these life choices, even if we have to have a "do-over" - or a re-washing. ec

4/23/2006 09:25:00 PM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Thanks for this blessing, Eddie. Home grown tomatoes are one of my favorite things, ever. God made some awesome things for us, didn't he?

4/23/2006 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

jayleigh - So true, but then He is an awesome God. ec

4/23/2006 10:18:00 PM  

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