Highways To Zion - Judy Nichols
Highways to Zion is a weekly devotional message written by Judy Nichols and aired on WVMC FM.
This is Holy Week, when we remember the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On what we now call Palm Sunday Jesus approached Jerusalem surrounded by crowds hailing Him as King. Just a few days later, these same crowds would be shouting, "Crucify! Crucify!"
My first job was as a page at the local public library. I had two duties: to put returned books back on the shelves and, if that was done, to read the Dewey decimal numbers on a section of books to make sure they were in the right order. As an introvert, that kind of job suited me just fine.
In order for me to really get into cleaning, I have to be in the mood. When IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in the mood, I can go at it intensively for hours. This usually happens for the big projects, like cleaning the kitchen cupboards or washing the windows, jobs that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get done that often.
I would venture to say that what most people think of when they think of Lent is self denial. "Giving up something for Lent" is a fairly common practice, at least among religious people. And while I would never denigrate a personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s giving up something for Lent, some of the things we give up are inconsequential at best, and at their worst make a mockery of the whole concept.
There are lots of things around my house that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get cleaned routinely. I clean the kitchen counters and table several times daily because we use them all the time. I only clean the cupboards and drawers a few times a year. Once a year I take down the curtains and wash them. And I am embarrassed to admit that there are some things, like the glass in the pictures on the walls and the knickknacks, that havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been washed in years.