>clean hands…

>Welcome to Novembrrrr.


I have been trying to deepen my relationship with Jesus for many years now, and occasionally come across ideas or activities that I have found helpful. It is easy to know that one of the things is ‘pray more’ but it is difficult to remember as often as I want to. I have to rely on other people, events and cues to help me.


I have often thought of linking my prayers to regular moments in my day. As a family we say ‘grace’ at mealtimes, for example. A while ago I was part of a team planning a major youth conference and had the idea of getting some toothbrushes printed with a phrase to remind people to pray while brushing their teeth. This weekend the penny finally dropped.


BubblesI am now endeavouring to pray specific prayers of confession and about my desire to be holy when I am washing. My brain is not otherwise occupied and these are regular moments in my daily routine (honest!). This is enabling me to keep closer to Jesus as his Spirit prompts me of things to pray and sometimes people to whom I need to apologise.


I know that many of you will be doing this already, but for me it is something new and another way of reflecting on my relationship with God.


Sort of washing joke:

John went to visit his old grandfather in rural Devon. On the first morning of his visit, John’s grandfather made a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. However, John noticed a film on his plate, and questioned his grandfather, “Are these plates clean?” 
His grandfather replied, “They’re as clean as cold water can get them. Just finish your meal!”
For lunch John worried that the plates had dried egg and asked, “Are you sure these plates are clean?”
The old man said, “I told you those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now I don’t want to hear any more about it!”
Later that afternoon, as John was leaving, his grandfather’s dog started to growl, not letting him pass. John yelled, “Grandfather, your dog won’t let me get to my car.”
The old man shouted, “Coldwater, down boy!”

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