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Clean Fridge – Clean Faith

The proverb “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” a common theme of the Bible although not a direct quotation.
We cleaned our fridge this morning, – so big deal, it’s a standard chore for every household.

After 3 months of collecting all the crumbs, drips and spills of everyday use, our fridge was a mess. What looked like dried milk or juice had become encrusted into shelf crevices after they became coated with crumbly bits of something. Could barely see through the glass shelving, the top of the shelves is self evident but, how stuff gets stuck to the underside –. The bottom crisper drawer we use for meats, if left any longer would have looked like a slaughterhouse floor. It is amazing how dried blood sticks to plastic. It takes a lot of soaking before coming loose.

Somehow, our regular cleaning plan had become disrupted. The fridge should have been cleaned at the end of November, but with an earlier snow that month and Christmas coming on and through December, things just got put off and fridge cleaning was one of them. We left this job to near the end of January knowing that the fridge would have the least contents at this time.

Just to empty out the fridge, where to put all the stuff. Got to realize how short of counter space there is in our kitchen. Some stuff that came out of the fridge, I don’t even remember when we last used that ingredient or that it was even in there. Surprising what can hide in plain sight. Was it worth keeping the dregs of the salad dressing? Who knew that hot-dog mustard separates in the container when not used since our last barbeque some 4 months ago or more?

The inside of the fridge is a chore in itself. Since the fridge is empty, why not pull it out and clean the back, sides and the floor underneath? Tell me, does the top of the fridge become everyone’s favorite utility shelf? There is no order to what is placed on this convenience. The box of Christmas cards we didn’t send. wrapping paper. scissors, pencil, scotch tape, 2011 calendar, ooh, so that’s were that bill got misplaced. A pair of gloves, container of brown sugar – and dust – yes dust. In winter?. Don’t you ever clean up here?

Now it is rather obvious that manufacturers don’t make fridges to roll forward. Wiggle, wiggle, jostle, jostle, back and forth until finally, get enough grip and leverage to yard the beast from its lair. OOH NO. How did all that crap and crud get under there? Why is it always a surprise? It’s the same old crap that was there last year when you pulled the fridge out.

Now that the fridge has been cleaned and some of the old contents have been turfed, everything gets put back in orderly fashion. It will stay that way through the weekend until Tuesday, pension cheque day which is the next time we get to cram that cooler with a fresh load of edibles.

I was contemplating on fridge cleaning. What is the lesson for cleaning out the dregs of secular society that get entangled into our walk with Christ? Especially over the Christmas season just past. All the trappings associated with ‘Xmas’, from Santa Claus, secular carols, compulsion to overspend, the busy-ness. All the decorations of the season are designed to distract us from Christ and celebrate the holiday instead. Too often we allow the “gods of Xmas” into our homes and lives. We all need a good cleaning out. How much have we unknowingly allowed our faith to become tarnished?

How many Christians found the Christmas season tiring rather than a rejuvenating of faith? Has Christmas left you exhausted, feeling like you’re going nowhere, out of routine, need to re-energize? Perhaps we all need a sabbatical. I know I do. “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” The only one of the Ten Commandments that tells us to “Remember”. God knew His people will forget. Most of us even forget to take a day from our regular routines and we treat our Sabbath day as though it is just as any other. The pressures from society all too often don’t allow us to “Rest” in Christ so we can “cleanse our faith“.

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Best after Christmas

I enjoy the week following Christmas Day for several reasons.

The radio and malls have stopped playing all that seasonal Xmas music. Most have nothing to do with Christ.
Everyone is generally in a pleasant mood. The hype of Christmas day and Boxing day is over.
This is sales week. Everything you bought before Christmas is now reduced in price even further.

Since Christmas Day is not the actual day of Christ’s birth, only chosen by the church in opposing the cult celebrations of the equinox. Jesus really don’t mind which day we mass in memory of his birth. Chistians should allow the secular hype of Xmas subside and celebrate Christ’s birth on January 5. Many Orthodox Churches already have January 6th as Christmas Day. Perhaps this could allow the true meaning of the season to shine through. Christians could also take better advantage of the lower price sales for buying their gifts.

Christmas is a season that starts on December 25th eve and lasts for 12 days ending on the 5th of January. Traditionally, one would give a small gift on the first day and a gift each day up to the 12th day which would be the Grand Gift. Hence, the song “the Twelve Days of Christmas”. This is the Yuletide as mentioned in “Deck the Halls”.

The actual Liturgical Christmas season starts with the Feast of the Nativity celebrating God’s precious gift of the Savior and continues until the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, which in the present form of the Rites is celebrated on the Sunday after the 6th of January.

Just a quick note on music for the season. My wish is that singers would quit producing Christmas Albums which the radio stations are forced to play. For most singers, carols are completely apart from their genre and they only make a hash of them. As for songs like “Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland” and others, the originals were much better. So please give us a break, especially all you country artists, cease and desist with the Christmas Albums.

It’s Sunday, off to sing some carols.

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