Holy Handwashing

I have been pretty good about hygiene habits, but the current pandemic is making me step up my habits. This includes things like using the paper towel to turn off the water faucet and open the doors in public places.

It also includes washing my hands for twenty seconds. I have done a pretty good of washing my hands, but that twenty seconds seems like a long time. When I obtained a food handlers permit several years ago in the state of Washington for our Family Camp, they taught us to sing one of the short children’s songs to sing while hand washing to wash our hands for a long enough period.

There is a better help for God’s people to wash our hands for twenty seconds. One brother suggested that we wash our hearts while we wash our hands! Why not use handwashing time to memorize and rehearse passages of Scripture?

The following passages can be memorized, and they take about twenty seconds to recite.

Matthew 6:9-13. This text is Jesus’ instruction to the crowds and the disciples (Matthew 5:1; 7:29) about praying to the Father. The prayer covers five primary areas of life. Give your prayer life a boost while washing your hands.

Galatians 5:22-23. As we wash our hands, we can be reminded of the character that the Spirit is active in cultivating in God’s people.

2 Peter 1:5-8. Peter wrote about the development of one’s faith toward spiritual maturity. Reciting this passage can help remind us of the attributes we need to have in our lives.

Philippians 4:6-8. An excellent text to turn our anxieties over to God.

If you are really dedicated and want to have super clean hands, you may want to take on a little longer texts while washing your hands.

Psalm 23:1-6. This well known and dearly loved text is a beautiful reminder of the Lord during hand washing.

Galatians 5:19-21. This text about the “works of the flesh” is a good one to remind one of the attitudes and actions to weed out of our lives.

Let’s keep both our hands and hearts clean!

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