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Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! ...Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:1-2, 7

I have a question. It’s a serious one. Does your dishwasher actually wash dishes? Please be honest.

I have lived in four apartments and one house as an adult. None of my dishwashers have actually washed dishes. Not even the two new ones I have purchased since buying our home 23 years ago.

I really just need a true DISHWASHER.

Not an "I washed the dishes first and put them in the dishwasher" kind of dishwasher. A dishwasher that actually, well, washes dishes. My newest LG dishwasher? I call it my drying rack. A pretty expensive one, I might add.

I just want a true DISHWASHER.

I love to cook, and I make a lot of messes. For instance, if I could throw a pan that I used to bake lasagna in the DISHWASHER without rinsing, scrubbing and rinsing it again, I'd be in awe. If I could make a pan of Alfredo and cook a few fettuccini noodles in a pot without scrubbing said pot, I would be one happy woman. But here's the truth. I own stock in the Dawn Dishwashing Detergent company, because I use it I buy the dual pack from Costco and at the same time pick up the Cascade Complete Dishwasher Pods that sit in the bottom of my dishwasher doing nothing. It's like those little pods are leading a revolution and my dishwasher has joined in to refuse to wash my dishes. They’ve conspired against me. And they are winning.

My in-laws have had the same dishwasher that they bought when my husband was a child. We're talking four decades ago. FOUR DECADES. It still washes dishes. IT WASHES DISHES! You can truly throw in a dish that is covered in baked-on grease and it actually washes it clean. No scrubbing or rinsing required.

I am so tired of doing dishes.

But one thing is certain. I really do have the best dishwasher imaginable. Jesus never tires of doing dishes. He takes each of us daily, and washes us clean. He takes our sin and wipes it away. He doesn't need any help. No scrubbing or rinsing is necessary. He doesn’t need dishwashing liquid or action packs. His work on the cross freed all of us from everything this life stains us with. By His grace and sacrifice alone we are saved and we are scrubbed free. And if that's not enough, He sees us with no imperfection, and He has written our names in Heaven.

I don't use my LE dishwasher anymore, and I don’t intend to buy another new one. I bought a drying rack at Target on clearance for $13 that works just fine. My Savior, as always, is doing the washing for me. He's always on duty, and the work is already done.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior. Titus 3:4-6

Heather Chapman, Trinity Lutheran School, Litchfield Park, AZ


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