It must come soon.  After so many long, dark damp, cold days - it must eventually arrive.  That morning when the early sunshine slants in through the windows and you notice that they really do need a good clean, inside as well as out.  And you can see, as if for the first time, that there's dust on the skirting board and cobwebs in the corners.  Time to Spring Clean.

I wonder whihch part of srping cleaning you most dislike; and which gives you the most satisfaction.  Getting rid of the grubby fingerprints round the light switches?  Shifting the bed to hoover up the drifts of grey fluff that have gathered underneath?  (Where does all that fluff come from?)  Finally getting round to de-greasing the oven?  Putting the newly washed curtains back up, smelling so wonderful after drying outdoors in the fresh air?  Finally sitting down to enjoy a well-earned cup of tea and a chocolate digestive, and noticing how everything shines and sparkles, and that the stale, musty smell left over from the winter has gone.  There's nothing quite like it.  And no short cuts.  Plugging in an air-freshener and squirting some furniture polish around just doesn't do the job.  Spring-cleaning takes time, energy and hard work.  But the results are very satisfying.  Not that I'm particularly house-proud.  My living room has patterned rugs on the floor so you won't notice the crumbs.  But I do know that a good spring clean - whether it's the house, the garage or the man cave - is good for the soul.

And so is a spring clean of the soul.  It's too easy to let the inner mess build up.  Far better to take a good look round and have a major clear-out from time to time.  Let's face it, none of us are perfect: there's always room for improvement.  We all have our faults.  We've all made wrong decisions, hurt other people, harmed ourselves.  And no doubt will do so again in the future.  More than once.

The difference is knowing the power of forgiveness - God's forgiveness, other people's forgiveness - sometimes your own forgiveness of yourself.  It's forgiveness that can blow fresh air through our lives, lift the dust and reveal the beauty underneath.  It's one of the reasons that we celebrate Easter!

Enjoy the spring cleaning.

Love Rev'd Lorna