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Create in Me a Clean Heart

Saturday, April 19, 2014

At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me. Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall return to you. For you are not pleased with sacrifices; should I offer a holocaust, you would not accept it. My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. (PSALM 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19)

Several years ago my daughters were riding their bikes with some friends. My youngest fell while riding over some gravel. She got a lot of gravel lodged in her elbow. My oldest daughter rode home quickly to get me.

As I was cleaned out the gravel from the elbow of my youngest, she was cried and complained because some of the little pieces were really ground into her arm. We went over how it is important to get all the gravel out so it won’t get infected. It may hurt for a while, but i the end it’s better to have all the dirt out of the arm.

I thought about that day when reading this scripture. I was amazed that I could relate this situation with my daughter to my relationship with God. When I ask God to create a clean heart and renew my spirit, God may find things that might hurt while fixing me up and cleaning out the wounds so they don’t get infected, while making me new again.

Take a few moments to reflect on this passage and ask God to help create a clean heart in you. God’s always there to help renew your spirit.

God, Our Heavenly Father!

You are the great Healer!

You alone can clean out my wounds.

Make me whole again, renew my spirit.

In Jesus’ precious Name I pray. Amen.

Jennifer Harman
Pharmacy Technician - Specialty Pharmacy, Avera Doctor's Plaza 2

GENESIS 1:1-2:2 • GENESIS 1:1, 26-31A• PSALM 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 • PSALM 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 AND 22 • GENESIS 22:1-18 • GENESIS 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18 • PSALM 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 •EXODUS 14:15-15:1 •EXODUS 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18 •ISAIAH 54:5-14 •PSALM 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 • ISAIAH 55:1-11 • ISAIAH 12:2-3, 4, 5-6 • BARUCH 3:9-15, 32-4:4 • PSALM 19:8, 9, 10, 11 • EZEKIEL 26:16-17A, 18-28 • PSALM 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 • ISAIAH 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6 OR PSALM 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 • ROMANS 6:3-11 • PSALM 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 • MATTHEW 28:1-10

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