Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
–Collect for the fourth Sunday of Advent, from the Book of Common Prayer, according to the use of The Episcopal Church, p. 212
Throughout the year, many Christian faith traditions involve seasons of fasting, repentance, or purification. These seasons are meant to simplify our lives, and focus our minds and energies on feeding and nourishing our souls and bodies. Our bodies are sacred creations where God’s love can be born in us, if we welcome that love in. Taking time periodically in your spiritual life to do a bit of “housecleaning” is so very meaningful and important. It enables you to renew your commitment to God, to simplify your spiritual life, and to refocus your energies on listening to the calm, quiet voice of God’s Spirit in your life and your world. Serving God is not easy. Staying focused on God’s word and Spirit is not easy. Don’t forget to periodically do some “housecleaning” so that you can always welcome Christ into your life anew. May this Advent season provide you a time of calm, quiet, and patient waiting as you, once again, invite God’s presence into your life and your home.