a post from Jennifer Powers on the subject of how Laundry Love is about so much more than just washing clothoes and serving a meal...
I get different reactions when people learn about Laundry Love. Many people respond by telling me it's a good thing. Some people talk about how good it must feel to be able to help others in need. A few scoff and assume that people take advantage of another hand-out. Some think it sounds like an interesting service project.
On the surface, Laundry Love looks like any other task-oriented service project: wash their clothes, serve a meal...check. And for some who serve that's all it is. But that only describe one part of Laundry Love. There's another word in the name that much more accurately describes what happen through this initiative...Love.
Love is what began this initiative and Love is what sustains it.
We are taught to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Do you love yourself enough to make sure you have enough food so that you don't go hungry? Do you love yourself enough to make sure you have clean clothes to wear each week? Do you love your children enough to send them to school in clean clothes so that they don't have to feel insecure or experience rejection among their peers? Do you ever have to choose between having enough money for food or clean clothes because you don't have enough money for both?
We love ourselves enough to make sure we have these basic provisions in our own lives. However, the reality is that some in our own community are much less fortunate. If we live out the command to love our neighbors as ourselves wouldn't the natural response be to do what you could to help make sure these basic needs are met in your neighbor's life? Let go of the misconception that "neighbor" is defined by subdivisions or proximity to your house.
Three men passed by a man who had been robbed, beaten and left nearly dead on the side of the road. The first two passed by and did nothing. The third took pity on him and made sure he was cared for before he went on his way. Jesus asks, "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?" Then, he gives a simple command..., "Go and do likewise."
Laundry Love opens the door to "go and do likewise"...to stop, take pity on someone in need, show mercy, and care for those who might otherwise be passed by.
If you would like to learn more about how to help with Laundry Love, please visit the Laundry Love initiative webpage for stories, dates and how to sign-up to help.