Pete’s Blog

Mondays with Pete

May 20, 2019

Good morning;

          In the dark of the night the light of a nearly full moon filtered through a layer of thin clouds.  The coastal air was thick with humidity.  One-by-one each house in the neighborhood undertakes the Sunday night ritual.  One-by-one trash cans are lined up and down the street on the edge of each driveway.  Some homes have just one can, lid closed, neatly aligned with curb while others are overflowing and have boxes stacked in random fashion falling into the street.  I can’t remember the last time I saw one of my neighbors putting their trash to the curb, but by early Monday morning the trash cans stand like sorrowful, silent sentries in front of each home.

          In the predawn light, before the alarm sounds the wakeup call, the rumble can be heard down the street.  In short stops and starts the big yellow and green Waste Management truck makes its way down the street.  The driver moves forward in fifty foot increments as the man on the back hustles from trash can to truck making two hundred trips back and forth on our neighborhood alone.  Cans are not gently emptied into the truck before being tossed irreverently back to the curb.  The orderly sentries are now randomly scattered up and down the street.   Sometime during the day the cans make their way back to the sides of the houses and by evening they have all disappeared.  The ritual will repeat itself again in Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.  As Pastors are want to do, I got to thinking about the weekly trash ritual as I rolled my trash can back to its hiding place this morning. 

Just as we have to gather and empty the trash from our homes weekly or more depending on the trash truck schedule, we have to gather the trash or junk or sin from our lives and dispose of it somehow.  If we don’t, it will have the same effect as not gathering the literal trash from your home.  It will rot on the inside until the home is unlivable.   Many of us carry around much too much “trash” (“baggage” in pop psychological terms) in our lives:  Those grudges against others that we continue to allow to control us, Those wrongdoings that we cannot seem to forgive ourselves for, Those times when we have disappointed family, friends and even God, The guilt of how we might have wronged others.

So what do we do with our “trash”?  God has opened his arms through His son Jesus to help us with the trash in our lives.  He actually takes those sins and wrongdoings and forgives them.  He walks with us through the relationship issues and, if we will let Him, shows us how to handle them so we are not unduly burdened by them.  This comes to us continuously and not just once or twice a week.  “Come me to all who burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”  That’s the promise. 

The next time you hear the trash truck rumble through your neighborhood, remember God’s promise to help us with the trash of our lives.  It’s time to take out the trash.  Have a great week.

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