On the Mark March 7th 2010

By Fr. Christopher P. Leighton, March 7, 2010 8:00 am

Waste Removal

As a boy I was responsible for removing solid waste from the home.  I am still the “trash guy” in our home.  Nearly every day I “kick it to the curb”.  There is something liberating about taking out the rubbish.

Janet and I were once shopping for a home to buy.  One house we looked at had a terrible odor about it.  When I opened the door to the cellar I was confronted by a large pile of trash nearly one story high.  Someone had simply dumped the trash down the stairs.  Over time, a disgusting and unhealthy condition arose.

Confessing your sins to God is like taking out the trash.  It is for your own good.  King David did some bad things and he held back his sins from God.  He writes in Psalm 32:3, “When I kept silent my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.”  It was as though David was rotting on the inside.  He says he got relief as he turned to God:  “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”  [Psalm 32:5]

Don’t forget to take out the trash!


The Rev. Christopher P. Leighton


One Response to “On the Mark March 7th 2010”

  1. Bonnie Burke says:

    Hi Christopher,
    Long time no see. Hope you and your family are doing well. I am .iving in Milford CT now. Do you remember me from St. James’s in Cambridge? I am writing to you because of something you said in a sermon once that has stuck in my mind, but i can’t remember it exactly, or whom you were quoting. It was someting like: Nothing ( or noone) is more insufferable than
    the person who knows he is right. Do you remember?
    Just to catch you up: Bill died April 19th 2002. I moved back to CT (Bristol) 11/02 to be with my dad who was dying from cancer. Re-met an old friend, fell in love, stayed down here ever since. Mostly happily.
    RSVP and best wishes,

Leave a Reply

Panorama Theme by Themocracy