Swept and Garnished: Empty

Jesus: “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none.  Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there.  And so that person is worse off than before.  That will be the experience of this evil generation.” (Matthew: 12:43-45)

Is life for you the defined as the Great Struggle or the Great Emptiness?  If so, your difficulties are not only innate or characteristic of your personality or have also progressed to the inane, childish, ridiculous, immature, and/or mindless.

Jesus had a description for that type of individual.  He told of an empty house that was “swept and garnished (KJV).  Is that a comparison to an alcoholic or addict early in recovery or when they have first stopped drinking or drugging?  They have got the alcohol and/or other drugs out of their lives and they are looking much better (garnished) or beginning to put their houses (themselves) in order.  Our current “spiritual” environment has been “swept clean and empty and in order or garnished as the King James Version (KJV) relates.  It has banished superstitions that the forefathers or mothers or grandparents held; now it does not believe in this, that, or the other.  We are “spiritual”; we are free from magic and superstition.

This new “spiritual” environment is also “garnished” with intellectual facts and mechanical toys.  The achievements of science and culture and comfort are adequately displayed for all to marvel.  The stores are packed with the automated, power driven, and/or automatic, and we are urged to purchase the latest toy, which will be certain to bring lasting happiness.

Nonetheless, it, the latest and the best, is empty, empty of constructive philosophy of life.  We are all attired as if we know what we are doing or where we are going.  We review the superstitions of religions with disdain, we point with pride our garnished (improved, enhanced, prettified) civilization, achievements, and approach to life itself, and yet it is empty.

Perhaps you are empty.  You have just stopped drinking or drugging and you need to be reborn to know really live and experience life.  How long have you been empty, an emptiness that echoes the misery of the encounter?  If all you do is get drugs out of your life and do not refill with the presence of God, you are likely to draw the seven devils of unrest, pleasure, exploitation, materialism, selfishness, conflict, and ultimately crime to fill the emptiness.  So will you?  Nature and the soul both detest a vacuum.  But you have one as long as the addiction has you and it will be activated unless the emptiness is filled.  You must choose between the “seven devils” previously mentioned or the presence of God.  Please, get acquainted with that Power than can restore your life from insanity.

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Thomas “Tommy” Estis, PhD, NCC, LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMFT-BAS, LAC

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