The Spirituality of Dishes

This might sound strange, but I had a very clear God moment while washing the dishes recently.

We had just eaten a delicious supper, pizza in fact, I mean what is better than that? We ate it on the back deck outside in nearly perfect weather conditions.

As I took the dishes inside and started drawing the water to wash them after the meal, my iPhone stopped playing the podcast I was listening to. Rather than hit play again I just decided to wash the dishes in silence.

I listened prayerfully as I washed. I thought about how hard some of the cheese was to clean off certain dishes. Minutes before these dishes held cheesy, gooey, saucy pizza that just slopped all over; a beautiful thing.

Now it was dried, caked on, and needed to be washed off, scrubbed off even.

It struck me how like those dishes we are. Dishes are simply a delivery system for the food we eat. If food is what sustains us in life, then dishes are serving the gift of life to us. If we are people who believe in a loving God, and I do, then our daily task, like a plate, is to carry the feast of God’s love to others. We are not God, and we can’t give life ourselves, we simply are used to carry the feast to hungry people so that they may be nourished.

Even though our dirty dishes were not engaged in an evil activity by feeding us, they still got dirty. It’s not like I slopped mud on the plates, I served delicious pizza on them, and it was great. Even so, even after their noble service of feeding the hungry, our plates were in need of cleansing.

We don’t have to be doing evil things to need cleansing. Even in doing good each day, we will see at the end of the day that we have a real need to be cleansed again. I don’t know why we can’t stay clean, we just can’t. Most of us need a shower every day or we will stink. It’s not because we’ve done something evil to get dirty, it’s just who we are. We need daily, regular cleansing.

I was washing good dishes. They are nothing fancy, but we keep them clean every day and they get the job done. After each use we wash them and they are made ready to serve the feast again.

Everybody and everything gets dirty; preachers, worship leaders, ushers, board members, and congregants who are faithful to worship every week. No matter how clean we think we are, like dishes, we need the cleansing of Christ in our lives.

Next time you do the dishes, be reminded that if these dishes, which are not evil, need cleansing after every use, then how much more do we daily need to surrender ourselves to God for the cleansing? We daily have need return to our God given humanity, which only He can bring us. He creates us, recreates us, cleanses us, and says of us, “it is good”.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.”

Voices In My Head Podcast 150th Episode Celebration with 2015 Dove Award Nominees

Episode #150

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Episode #150 of the Voices In My Head Podcast features 2015 Dove Award nominees who have been on or associated with the show.

This week’s show features:

About A Mile

All Sons & Daughters

Randall Goodgame (Slugs & Bugs)

Andrew Greer

Craig Adams

Andrew Peterson.

Its a great show celebrating 150 episodes by spotlighting some of the most talented guests we’ve been privileged to have on the show.

Sermon and Song by Rick Lee James from Sunday August 9th, 2015 at First Church of the Nazarene

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This past Sunday morning, August 9th, 2015, I sang and preached at my church in Springfield Ohio (www.HomeRoadNaz.org)

Here is one of the songs I arranged/wrote a new chorus for and the sermon I delivered. I hope you enjoy them.

If you are a guitar fan then you might like the telecaster guitar solo at about 2:15 on the song recording. Come Bow Down is a new chorus I wrote for the song.

Song: Brethren We Have Met To Worship ( Come Bow Down)

Sermon: Questions From God

Let me know what you think in a Tweet @RickLeeJames

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #149 – Into The Fray with Matt Mikalatos

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This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, http://www.mikalatos.com/p/welcome-to-mikalatoscom.htmljoins us to talk about his latest book, Into The Fray

Into the Fray, is an exploration of the book of Acts in a modern-day setting. It’s about church, the Holy Spirit, and the importance of story in God’s plan for the world.

Also, check out Matt’s many blog posts from coolsville at www.NorvilleRogers.com and his the Storymen Podcast that he hosts with Clay Morgan and J. R. Forasteros at www.Storymen.us

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #148: The Dirty Parts of the Bible with Sam Torode

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My guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast is Sam Torode. Sam is a writer, a visual artist, and a singer living in in Nashville, Tennessee. On his Father’s side of the family, Sam is related to Henry David Thoreau and on his mother’s side are Texas farmers, preachers, outlaws, banjo players, and Cherokee Indians.
His novel “The Dirty Parts of the Bible,” reflects both sides, combining religious/philosophical exploration with an epic journey to Texas to reclaim his defrocked minister father’s fortune. Sam’s writing has been compared to Mark Twain, Sue Monk Kidd, and Flannery O’Connor
Publisher’s Weekly gave this really glowing review to “Dirty Parts of the Bible”

While the title suggests a raunchy read, this rich and soulful novel is actually a rather well-done coming-of-age story steeped in wanderlust and whimsy that at times recalls The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and at others a tamer On the Road. The story begins in 1936 as 19-year-old Tobias is thumbing his way from Remus, Mich., to his uncle’s farm in Glen Rose, Tex., to find a hidden bag of money, after his father, a Baptist pastor, drunkenly slams his car into the church and is removed from the parsonage. The author does an excellent job in making well-charted territory (riding the rails; scavenged campfire meals under the stars) seem vibrant and new. Snippets of scripture, Southern spirituals, and folk ballads lend context and flavor to the text. Most impressive are the jangly dialogue and the characters’ distinctive voices, which are authentic and earthy but not remotely hoary. When Tobias finally arrives at his uncle’s, the surprises that await him are more than enough to keep his—and readers’—interests piqued.”

DISCLAIMER: While this is not a dirty podcast, the topic of this week’s conversation may not be appropriate for younger ears as we do acknowledge that there is such a thing as sex and that teenage boys think about it. Use your discretion.

Voices In My Head Podcast #147: The Mockingbird Parables with Matt Litton

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This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast I’m joined by author Matt Litton as we discuss the works of Harper Lee, both ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ as well as the newly released ‘Go Set A Watchman’. This is one great show that you don’t want to miss. Visit www.MattLitton.com to find out all about Matt Litton’s books and schedule.

The Maasai Creed

i just needed to read this again. Maybe you do too.

The Maasai Creed 

Composed in 1960 by the Maasai people in east Africa.

We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created Man and wanted Man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the Earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know Him in the light. God promised in the book of His word, the Bible, that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love and share the bread together in love, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.