A Clean Start
Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, June 19, 2017

I saw this sign on a pier in Monterey, California. This was a pier you could drive on and there were some trash receptacles for people to dump their food and drink containers into but apparently they had been having an issue with people dumping their garbage from home.

I like the Message paraphrase of Psalm 51 where David is pleading with God to let him start over:

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
Psalm 51:7-15 (The Message)