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Preparation for Passover and Unleavened Bread

by Linda Wasilkoff
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It is easy to get overwhelmed this time of year. We have to clean our residences stem to stern as well as prepare special foods and special meals. There are additional church services to prepare for which necessitates asking for additional days off from work or school. What helps considerably is to start planning early.

One of the first objectives is to find and get rid of leavening (see the list in the sidebar below). It is sometimes a daunting task.

There is a significant reason why a loving Creator God requires His people to conduct a meticulous physical cleaning of their homes. Perhaps it is because as physical human beings, we learn best through physical reminders. For instance, what can we learn when we find some unexpected leavening in our homes during the Days of Unleavened Bread? It is a given that we have faults, sins or shortcomings which need to be identified and overcome. Sometimes we have to look hard to see them in ourselves.

Of course, the most important part of preparing for the spring Holy Day season is to prepare spiritually. Clearly we have gone through some difficult times in our church of late. If we come away from our trials without learning something, then what will have been the benefit of the trial? So, rather than giving myself an annual physical (or, preferably a spiritual) checkup in the usual way, it is much more meaningful for me to ask myself what I personally learned from what has happened in the last year and what I need to do differently in the coming year. Here are some of my conclusions.

Gossip

Gossip has played a huge part in creating alienation and controversy. Accusations abounded during in-person discussions and even more on the internet. I heard things that no Christian should say about another person, let alone a fellow Christian. Could a division have occurred if no one at all had participated in any kind of gossip? So, how well do I do in avoiding gossip?

Anger

Everyone gets angry at times. There is such a thing as righteous indignation. At the same time we are emphatically warned to not let the sun go down on our wrath and to avoid the lethal root of bitterness. Can it be that when we hold on to anger (even if it seems righteous to us) it can progressively mutate into a root of bitterness? It seems that when there is sustained anger there is also an absence of forgiveness and a lack of allowance for another person’s inadequacies – as we see them. During this past year, I saw and heard a great deal of anger expressed. So, how well do I do in shutting down my personal unbridled or misdirected anger?

Envy

This is a quirk of human nature that is so easy to spot in children. They are in the sandbox playing when one wants another’s toy and then the fight begins. Adults are usually more subtle. Sometimes, we even fool ourselves into believing we are modest and humble. I need to ask myself if I would leave the church because of being removed from a position or job? One pastor at the ministerial conference in Cincinnati earlier this year put it so well when he talked about having felt good about all he had done for God’s work in the past. He came to understand what he did wasn’t what was important, but that having humility was. So how well do I do in remaining humble instead of allowing myself to become envious?

These are some of the areas of my life which I will be putting under the spiritual magnifying glass as I do my spring cleaning. I hope that as I remove physical leaven from my home and premises, I can also identify and repent of my spiritual flaws.

Happy cleaning!

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