Birmingham Stories UK

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

After netting out and picking up three bin bags full of floating rubbish along The Feast’s adopted length of the Grand Union Canal in Sparkbrook, seven young people from different faiths all agreed that it isn’t much fun cleaning up someone else’s mess. Yet it was a feeling of ownership and of doing something together that brought them to this Canal Clean-up event. Feelings of a job well done and knowing that their hard work benefitted others were their reward. It brought them to consider: if cleanliness is next to godliness, then how is cleanliness related to your faith? The Christians heard why Muslims wash before prayers and the Muslims heard why Christians are baptized. All of them pondered why God cleans up after our mess and thought about how each of us benefits from it. These young people may look at this stretch of canal differently because they invested themselves in it through their work. They may also look at each other differently because they have invested in one another through their honest dialogue and sharing in this experience together.

(2020-02-24 11:02:48)