Written by Amber Tafao
Did you know that some actually begin their Lenten season two days before Ash Wednesday? The Monday prior, many celebrate Clean Monday. It is a day to purify the mind from all unrighteousness, the heart from all impurities, the will from all transgressions, and to find strength solely in the Lord.
There is a beauty in this cleansing and renewal as it lays the groundwork for the soul to enter the season of Lent in total submission to the will of God. There is an underlying idea of emptying oneself completely and leaving every carnal desire behind for the sake of Christ.
Clean Monday is reminiscent of the verses in Psalm 51:10-12: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Let this be the day you give up yourself for Christ. Consecrate your entire self to the Lord. Be teachable, as the clay is moldable in the hands of its potter. Return to the joy of your salvation and be excited to see the changes, miracles, and plans the Lord will work out in you throughout this special season.