When I (Rev. Gail) grew up, I remember that Monday was always a wash day in our house. My Mother didn't have an automatic washing machine until much later in life, so I have strong memories of her standing behind a twin tub that was attached to the kitchen sink by hose. We always hoped it would be good breezy weather because all our laundry went out on the line; on rainy days (and it rained a lot in England) the laundry would all hang in the garage since there was no automatic dryer.
The smell of fresh laundry always brings back this vivid memory to me.
But perhaps you don't like doing laundry. It's amazing how many people don't like this ordinary, repetitive, and somewhat essential task.
Maybe there is a way that you could look at this somewhat mundane task as a blessing today?
As you lift, carry, hang or fold your laundry today - consider the simple goodness of having all that you need.
Consider how blessed you are to have clothes to keep you warm.
Consider how blessed you are to be able to wash and wear clean clothes.
Perhaps, like me, you can be grateful for the blessings of fond memories that the smell of fresh laundry brings you.
As you touch the various items, give thanks quietly in your spirit for each item - reflect on how it provides for you - clean bed sheets, clean towels, clean clothes.
It's easy to get into the trap of always wanting more, but as you fold your laundry, consider how you are blessed with "enough", and what that means to you.
Let the simple, repetitive task of caring for your clothes today be a reminder that the Creator cares for you, and wants you to have enough.
Each Wednesday we send out an inspirational message.