Window Washing

It took over an hour, getting the windows ready for cold weather. Out came the screens and the glass outer windows, top and bottom. The double-hung inside panes were squirted with a vinegar/water/soap spray – twice each. Pollen, dust, a few leaves and some spider webs were removed, leaving behind a much cleaner set of windows. It’s the same every year: I’m amazed at how much the accumulated dirt of the past few months was blocking my view. For an investment of time and a little scrubbing, I get a better view of the world outside my own home.

Window washing is a good metaphor for teaching in faith. Study and practice can help me scrub the dirt off the glass, allowing a better view of the world. It doesn’t create the world or dictate the view, but it can make it easier to see and share. That’s good enough for me.

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

2 thoughts on “Window Washing”

  1. When i wash windows i often think about my mother and that is a very good thing. I love to think about my mother and how she carried out this seasonal job of taking apart the windows and cleaning them up with such great dedication and care.
    I like to follow in her footsteps after she set a good example of accomplishing this household chore and many others with such lovely grace.
    Peace, Robin

    1. I have good memories of my grandmother and grandfather doing the annual cleaning of the storm windows, then hanging them over the windows – a turn of the 20th century storm window set-up. It was a sure sign that snow would soon be on the way, and a chance to spend time helping my grandparents. peace, Johnna

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