1 John 4:9-12
In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
Thought for the Day: Love our brothers and sisters around the world.
“We have to order a part for your washing machine. It will take about a week to come in and we will call you. You cannot use the machine until then.” These were not the words we wanted to hear but as soon as I heard them I knew my afternoon was going to be spent at a laundromat. After looking on the internet to find the closest ones with good reviews, I sorted and bagged all the clothes and towels, put my laundry supplies in a basket, and went by a store to get some change. All set, I began my drive and found that the two laundromats in the little town I had driven to were covered up with people, so I got back in my car and began driving. I ended up a long distance from where I had planned but it was good. When I entered, I found a couple of people washing clothes, and the laundromat was clean and nice. I began putting my clothes in the washing machines and setting them to start. My thought was that I would study for a test I have coming up, but found that by the time I finished loading and starting the washing machines, my first load was finishing. Then the drying began. My process of folding and hanging the clean clothes began and continued for quite a while. My blessing came as I shared conversations with a mother and daughter who were washing clothes for their families. They shared about their families, including many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And I shared about my boys and my husband, and how they were such blessings to me. Then, I talked to a man who was in the laundromat with his brother. They lived together but their dryer had gone out recently. I giggled as he asked questions to an older lady about what temperature to set the washing machine. He was a very kind man who seemed a bit overwhelmed over his situation. I then witnessed another lady as she and her elderly mother came into the laundromat holding a huge bedspread. I knew she was new to going to a laundromat because she came in and went directly to one of the dryers and placed her bedspread inside. She laughed out loud when she realized what she had done. I’m sure she was there because her home washing machine would not hold such a large piece. My conversations continued throughout the afternoon, and I finished my job and began to leave. As I made the many trips to my car with the hanging clothes and baskets, I was blessed to have a couple of young men opening the door for me. I found that my time at the laundromat was delightful and I met some pretty fascinating people.
As I left and remembered all my conversations and the people I met, I realized that I had been in the company of other God’s children. It was obvious we came from different backgrounds, but we were all there together with the purpose of cleaning clothes for our families. The conversations were wonderful, but just a sweet was the experience of having families of different ethnicities as one little girl shared with me that my washer had stopped, and one young man opened the door for me several times in a very polite and precious way. I was in “the family of God” in the laundromat, and I feel very blessed today having shared that special time with them.
Prayer: Father God, You are almighty and You are our Father. Help us each day to remember that we are all Your children and no matter our backgrounds, we are all living together in this beautiful world. Help us learn to better respect and love our brothers and sisters around the world. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Brothers and sisters in Christ.