Years ago, spring cleaning was an annual ritual. Curtains removed and washed, rugs beaten outside, walls and floors scrubbed; cupboards emptied and cleaned, before being re-packed with sorted items.
I don’t know of anyone who continues this discipline, but one ancient ritual that in a sense conjures up that idea of cleaning, sorting and re-purposing is in full swing in church communities all over the country.
This month the Church continues its 40-day journey of reflection before Easter, known as Lent, (although the good news is, Sundays are not included!). The word comes from Old English, meaning to lengthen, as was seen in the days drawing out as spring approached. It is a time to follow the example of Jesus who went out into the Judean wilderness in order to be able to prepare himself for the enormous task he would be taking on as his ministry began.