As I think about and study the subject of Passover, the symbolism of the removal of leaven from the home has intrigued me. Jesus speaks of the leaven as representing hypocrisy in Mark 8:15, Luke 12:1, and Matthew 16:6, 11,12. God says remove every trace of leaven from where you live. The message seems quite clear-remove and beware of hypocrisy. A kind of spring cleaning says a friend.
In primitive or old time Appalachian mountain religion churches, they yearly partake of the sacrament and foot washing or the Lord's Supper (after Leonardo's painting of the same name) only after "setting the church at peace." This is in reference to a time, usually the evening before, of confession, repentance and peace-making among the members. The church will not partake of the sacrament until this is accomplished. Old fashioned? I don't think so. Imagine if the humbleness of Christ truly reigned in our hearts and we washed each others feet with a church set at peace.
Spring cleaning takes on a whole new and challenging meaning!
I've been interested in and studied issues concerning health for over 20 years now. I've benefited from this interest greatly and so has my family. I've learned a lot from personal trial and error and experienced vegan, vegetarian, raw food, and the Standard American diets. I don't believe that there is one particular way of eating that can be prescribed as perfect for all, but I do believe that there are certain lifestyle habits that can benefit every person. Eating foods as close to their natural form as possible, a moderate amount of daily exercise, plenty of clean water, fresh air, sunshine, proper attitude, connection with God, time with encouraging people, work and other activities that engage you physically and mentally will go a long way in keeping you more fit, healthy and happy. A great site to visit with some great information in each of these areas is http://www.creationhealth.com/ or just click on Creation Health in the website list on the right.
I've also experienced great benefits from short fasts and cleansing programs. As spring approaches, we think about the spring cleaning of our homes and outdoor environments. It's also an ideal time to think about the cleansing of our internal, bodily environments as well. A short seven-day fast or cleanse can make a difference not only in energy and general health, but also help you sleep better and think more clearly. I highly recommend it as a great way to start spring. Sonne's website at http://sonnes.com/ has some great information and I've experienced great benefits from their products especially the #7 Detoxificant and #9 Intestinal Cleanser. I'm trying their 7 Day Cleansing Program this spring while I review a few good books and articles that remind of the benefits of being proactive in my own health care.