We all have dirty laundry. Literally. We have running clothes, work clothes, pajamas, and that knit sweater grandma gave us as Christmas present eight years ago… (OK, maybe that last one is just me?) When we have dirty laundry, we have to wash and dry our clothes!
Megan and I bought a nice, energy-saving washer and dryer unit a few years ago. They’re great! Both are quiet and our clothes smell fresh and feel soft after each load. And they saved us money on our electric bill! I’ve got to say, I don’t know if I have ever enjoyed doing laundry more. Unfortunately, our place in Madison doesn’t have the space or hookups for them. We’ve gone back to using a laundromat in our apartment.
Whether or not you have a washing and drying unit in your home, or, like us, you have to go to a laundromat, doing laundry is something we all have to deal with. Young and old. Rich and poor. Republican and Democrat. We all have dirty laundry. Literally.
I was reflecting on a passage in the New Testament when I had a God-inspired idea: we [Madison Church’s small groups] would go to laundromats with hundreds of quarters, detergent and dryer sheets, and pay to wash and dry clothes for anyone who would let us. The idea is simple and an easy way for us to give back to our neighborhood. We have to do more than exist in our community, we have to contribute to it.
We’ve only done it one time, but is was successful! My small group washed and dried 25-30 loads of laundry for complete strangers. We got to learn some of their names, and heard some of their stories. The plan is to continue showing up at laundromats for the next several months and be an unexpected blessing while we connect with each other.