May 14 Devotional


“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

I just completed one of my annual spring-cleaning chores — power washing our back patio. I perform this task each year after the tree pollen and oak tassels quit falling from the sky. While it takes me about 5 sessions to complete the task (I’m not as young as I used to be), the washing away of a year’s worth of dirt and grime is somewhat therapeutic. Upon completion, the patio looks great (for a while). This past week, while watching the mold, mildew, moss and dirt slowly disappear from the brick and stone, I thought about how Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is constantly washing away the grime from my life. My grime consists of selfishness with my time; anger against, and criticism of, those who don’t agree with my point of view; occasional envy/covetousness of those who appear to have more (“fill-in-the-blank”) than me; and impatience, among other things.

His power-washer has multiple nozzles — prayer, daily devotionals, participation in small groups for Bible study, attendance/participation in worship services and service to others. Fortunately, He doesn’t wait to perform this cleaning each spring — He cleans constantly as there is a continuing need for cleansing. I am thankful and blessed that, despite my griminess, He loves me enough to continuously cleanse me from my sins.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, who washes away my sins and the sins of the world. Amen.


Written by Lee Piper, Chairperson, Alpharetta MethodistFinance Committee