I see the mess. Some of it is out there and some of it is in here and a whole bunch of it is in me. And I have days when I can’t deal with that. I have days when I just want to sit in the mess and cry. On those days I want you to show up. And I need you to fix it. JUST FIX IT. And then I have days like today when I am angry and need to do something. I already scrubbed my floors. I washed all the dishes and my windows are perfectly clean. Clean enough that there’s nothing blocking my view of the real mess. So tell me what part of the actual mess is my part to clean up today. Where do I need to clean inside me? Where do I need to clean out there? What work and scrubbing and mucking and raking and organizing are you calling me to do- for my neighbor, for my community, for you? Because the mess is shouting so loudly I can hardly hear your voice. Make it clear. Because today I’ve got my gloves on and I’m ready to work.
Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.
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