Silver Water Pitcher

Psalm 66:10 – “For you O God tested us; you refined us like silver.”

Consider your finest piece of silver. I have a silver water pitcher in my office that was given to me by a previous employer in 1998 as recognition of my community service work. Out of all the awards I’ve ever received, I really like this one. Over the years, I’ve used it to shove business cards into it. Many names have rested within this silver shrine. Yesterday, I looked at that silver pitcher and realized how tarnished it had become over the past few years. I decided that it needed to be refined. Cleaned. Cleansed. Renewed.


So last evening, I commenced the silver cleansing in my laundry sink. Have you ever cleaned silver? I have this really cool cleaning plate. It’s a metal alloy circular disk that you put in really hot water and add Calgon Water Softener. After the granules dissolve, the plate cleans the silver that is up against this plate by creating a low-intensity electrolysis that is just strong enough to attract the negative sulfur ions of tarnish, but not strong enough to remove any of the metal. This method is actually used by museums for cleaning coin collections, jewelry and other precious metals.


 After my pitcher soaked in this water for about 15 minutes, it came out sparkling clean. I didn’t have to scrub. I just let it soak.



A song began to run through my mind. I know the first verse from memory:


What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Oh precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


As we reflect on the day before Jesus’ gruesome death, I am reminded that Judas Iscariot sold Jesus off for 30 shekels of silver. He was tarnished. He made a bad decision. He even tried to give the money back to the chief priests after he realized he really screwed up. Then he went off and hung himself in despair.


Jesus spent that last day of Passover washing the disciple’s feet, supping with them, praying in the garden of Gethsemane, and accepting the realization that Judas betrayed him, and he would be crucified.


Today, I am thankful that I can be washed in the blood of Jesus without a lot of scrubbing. No matter what tests God lays before you today, trust Him that he is simply refining you. Even though that water pitcher doesn’t look as wonderful as the day I received it more than 10 years ago, it’s clean. It shines. It reminds me that I can be made whole again. Every day.


This is all my hope and peace. Nothing but the blood of Jesus.


Dear Jesus, Thank you for giving your life for me. I’m tarnished and stained. I make many mistakes. But your sacrifice on the cross saved me. When I’m dirty and stained, wash away my sins. Cleanse me from the feet up. Wash over me with your cleansing power to be resurrected to new life with you every day. Amen.


Carole Schumacher


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1. Lisa Peretti wrote:
Carol, I loved this! Thank you for sharing.

Thu, April 9, 2009 @ 3:40 PM

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