Resurrection Cleaners

. . . you implore
me to so fall

in Love, and fall anew in
ever-new depths of skywashed Love till every
capillary of your universe
throbs with rivering fire . . .
– from “The Word” by Margaret Avison

spring cleaning in the sun by storebukkebruse

Jesus has been spring-cleaning my heart, soul and mind. Resurrection energy has him showing up everywhere. At all hours of the day and night, I see his van parked outside. Within minutes he and his heavenly team are pulling back curtains, opening up windows, and refreshing my house with his love.

He was at our weekly contemplative group too. As we reflected on Avison’s poem, he implored us to “fall in Love, and fall anew.” 

Compelled by these images, we entered a time of silent prayer. I wanted to receive God’s skywashed love, but a tempest of remorse distracted me. I couldn’t get my mind off my friend “Mary.” Earlier that week, I had unintentionally done something that upset her. I caused that, I kept thinking.

“No you didn’t,” Jesus interjected. “I did.”

He gave me time to let that sink in, then added, “I am doing a reno in your souls to make more room for my love. Don’t worry. She’ll be fine.”

And just like that, the grey clouds of shame were swept aside and I was enveloped in endless blue peace. 

DSCN0827Spring is here and Jesus is cleaning out cupboards and drawers and lining them with loving kindness. That means those old blaming thoughts and false beliefs must go. He bags them up, clanking and banging, and takes them to the curb. 

This morning as I was praying, I heard him call out, “I found another one!” Holding it up as if it were a fish skeleton, he smiled and flung it in the trash. 

“I love you. I love you. I love you,” he sang.


“The Word” by Margaret Avison is published in The Country of the Risen King: An Anthology of Christian Poetry.  Avison won the Governor General’s Award for her first collection of poetry, Winter Sun (1960).
“Spring cleaning in the sun” by storebukkebruse. Used with permission.
“A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners” by Kate Ter Haar. Used with permission.
Cloud Study” by Ricky Romero (banner not visible in all formats). Used by permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2014.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013, 2014

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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