"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." -Psalm 51:10
Lilias Trotter wrote about a time she spent alone with her friend, Aissha: "Her soul was clouded and I could get no response heavenward. She was preparing to go, winding her coarse white haik round her. I could only call silently on God for some touch. Then her eyes rested on a vase of flowers on the table--celandines from the lanes, and cream and gold jonquils from the fields. I said 'How pure they are--that is the purity that God wants.' She looked up with her face soft and shining, 'Yes, I should like the life of Jesus in me to be like that.' 'Yes,' I answered, 'they came pure and sweet out of the black muddy earth, without a soil on them. Shall we pray that you may be like them?' Her head went down on my shoulder and 'Amen' broke out as I prayed. May He grant it!"
I am grateful that in Christ I can be pure and sweet.