The church I belong to has a lot of buildings. Don't ask me how many... I really couldn't fathom a guess, just trust me when I say it's a lot. There are meetinghouses, office buildings, and most importantly, temples.
Growing up I always wanted a HUGE house... my kids would love it if we had a HUGE house... but the older I got and the more responsibility I had... the smaller a house I was content with. Seriously, if I can't clean the whole thing from top to bottom in half a day or less... it's obviously WAY too big.
So, how does the church manage this? Well, that's where the members come in! Hey, it's our building after all, we should do our part. The family and I have helped out a number of times cleaning the windows and mirrors, vacuuming, dusting, polishing at the meetinghouse. There are usually a few grumbles as we get started - but we have a good time. Besides, we bribe them with ice cream afterward... that always helps!
ManOfTheHouse and I got the opportunity to go and help out at the Temple last night. Now, besides being a beautiful building and incredibly peaceful - that is one of the cleanest places on earth... and I got to dust. Imagine me going from surface to surface just looking for a speck of dust... almost HOPING to be able to find some. At one point I resorted to rolling the edge of my rag really small and dusting in-between some fancy trellis work on the edge of a wooden table... thinking that at least I was making some difference :)
I had two cleaners to work with - Alcohol (which I did the mirrors and glass topped tables with - because even in the temple fingerprints happen) and Wood Polish (for the wood and brass... hey, that's what they told me to do, I'm not a cleaning expert - just ask M.O.T.H.)
My problem... the two rags covered in cleaner looked identical. I tried to keep them separate and eventually learned to do this but for the first 20 minutes or so I had to distinguish between the two (you DON'T want polish on the mirrors) by giving the cleaning rags a quick sniff.
A spiritual high? I think mine was the old fashioned kind of high... but no worries, it wore off by 1 a.m. and I finally got some sleep :)
Psalms 30:4-5 -- On Singing for Joy
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