A clean heart

There's a prayer attributed to an African girl, who humbly asks God, "O Great Chief, light a candle within my heart that I may see what is therein and sweep the rubbish from thy dwelling place." A Garden of Prayer: A Family Treasury, ed. Jenna Bassin and Jane Lahr (New York: Philosophical Library, 1989), p. 30 .

If we've ever harbored hard feelings, perhaps some resentment or envy, some unchecked anger or hatred or prejudice, we've seen how such "rubbish" can clutter our lives and keep us from knowing the peace and joy that are naturally ours as children of God. If we've ever carried the burden of a sin, small or large, that we couldn't seem to release, we've seen how dark and confused things can appear and how the light of even one candle in our heart would enable us to find our way.

March 11, 1996

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