Over the weekend I made plans to rearrange the basement and use the couch we stored away in the garage. When I went to the garage today and removed all the boxes and other things to get to the couch, I noticed it was thick with mold.


My son said that we should throw it away because it was basically “garbage,” especially since one section was broken. I couldn’t throw it away though because I knew there was hope—the couch had potential, all it needed was to be cleaned.

I used one can of furniture polish and part of it became clean, but I needed more furniture polish to do the whole couch so I sent my son to the store. He reluctantly went.

For the next three hours, I sprayed and wiped the couch. There were two sections of it so I cleaned both sections. Then my husband repaired the section that was broken. I couldn’t believe the difference. Something that was so dirty and disgusting was now beautiful.


I thought about these Words from the Bible: “…All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away….but you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God… anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (Isa 64:6, 1 Cor 6:11, 2 Cor 5:17).

I thought about all the people we might think are worthless— drunks, drug addicts, etc., but they are like that couch. They are tainted by sin and they need God to clean them. I am glad that God did not throw me away.

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

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