“Would you like to take a shower?” asked an angel of a nurse Friday morning. After a week of lying in the hospital bed, recovering from surgery, I’m sure I looked a mess and smelled even worse. Funny, with all I had just been through, I had not really thought about being dirty or getting clean. But when she asked the question, my spirit leaped inside of me and a great desire rose up in me - a ray of hope. “Yes, that would be wonderful!” I replied with tears in my eyes from the kindness of this angel-nurse. She left the room to get things ready then returned and began to unhooked my tubes and wrap everything thoroughly so I would not get my incision or any tube wet. She wheeled me into the oversized shower stall across the hall, adjusted the water, gave me soap and shampoo and then left to allow me some privacy. I get goose bumps just thinking about it now. It was almost sacred. As the warm water caressed my scarred and battered body I sat there in the wheelchair overwhelmed with emotions. Oh how I needed this! As the shower continued to wash over and soothe my body, the tears followed. The more the water flowed, washing over me, the more the tears joined in beginning the inside cleansing of emotions that would continue for months. Oh to be clean- refreshed-oh how that cleansing water lifted my spirits. The angel-nurse was back. I dried off and she wrapped me in a fresh new hospital gown.
Many years earlier, Jesus asked me a similar question. “Do you want to be clean?”
At the time I don’t really remember feeling particularly dirty (though I was) and wasn’t looking for ways to get clean. But when I heard Him ask, my spirit leaped inside me and a great desire rose up in me. “Yes Lord, that would be wonderful”
Cleansed by the blood
The blood of the Lamb
Precious and Holy the Great I AM
Bids me “Come, and lay it all bare,”
So He can wash over all sin and cares.
Cleansed – how I feel it!
All sin washed away.
Cleansed- I receive it!
A robe of righteousness
He bestowed upon me
Cleansed and forgiven
Redeemed and set free.
A heaven sent shower that continuously flows
From God’s Holy throne to the earth below.
Come underneath it and be made new
A brand new life is waiting for you.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7 (NIV)
His kindness leads us to repentance.