Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might, and come to save us!
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted.
They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
Psalm 80:1-3; 14-18
There is something about the human condition that makes us more tolerant of our own untidiness and less of that of others. I am not sure why this psalm made me think of that, but think of it, it did. Maybe it is something about being ready for the Messiah’s return, having our own house in order, restored to its shiny best so that when Christ returns we will not be found wanting.
Today then is a day for a bit of spiritual spring cleaning. The picture below is by the Dutch artist, Vilhelm Hammershoi and is called Interior with a Young Woman Sweeping. The said interior seems so sparse that it would appear their is nothing to sweep away, but clearly that isn’t the case for with her back turned and her mind fixed on her task, she sweeps, even that wisp of hair that has fallen free does not distract her.