Now for some of us this advice of wipe your feet may feel like too little too late. Maybe you've already tracked mud into your house. Or maybe your house has been muddy so long that you don't even remember its original unspoiled state. Do not fear. There is no stain, no mistake that can't be cleaned. Even with the deepest ground-in mud, we can be returned to a state of beauty. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me." (Psalm 51)

Don't track mud into holy space. Make this your battleground. Let there be one place in your house that is beautiful and untouched from the rest of the mess and craziness.

The Rev. Susan Sparks, the only female comedian in the country with a pulpit, is senior pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. Susan has been featured on such networks as ABC, PBS and CNN, as a regular guest with country music star Naomi Judd on "Naomi's New Morning" on Hallmark Channel, in The New York Times and in numerous comedy clubs, including Carolines Comedy Club in New York City. Her new book, "Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor," is due out in 2010. Visit Susan's Web site and Madison Avenue Baptist Church.

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