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“For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders”
- Mark 7: 3

While ritualistic hand washing of the Pharisees was condemned by Christ, the habit of handwashing or hand hygiene is commendable. According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), “It is well-documented that the most important measure for preventing the spread of pathogens is effective handwashing.” With the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease, handwashing ritual became entrenched in public places, including schools. October 15th of every year has been designated Global Handwashing Day to increase awareness of the importance of handwashing. Handwashing should be performed before preparing food and after meals, after using the toilet or changing baby diaper, after blowing the nose, coughing or sneezing, after touching animals or animal wastes and after taking care of the sick. It should be performed with clean water and soap, ash, detergent or hand sanitizer. It takes about 15 seconds to wash the hands properly. Spiritually speaking, it is only the person that “has clean hands and a pure heart” that can fellowship with God.

Challenge: Hand hygiene is commendable.
Prayer: Lord, help me cultivate the good habit of handwashing.
Quote: Clean hands and a pure heart.
Further Reading: Exodus 30:18-21

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