that my meager share of household chores includes folding the laundry.
Once a week we dump piles of clean laundry into baskets, and I get to turn the
piles into orderly stacks.
ways this is a metaphor for communion. I often put on a Christian music
CD—it means that I listen to someone other than myself. That’s a
discipline of the spirit, for it says that you will listen instead of
talk. It is a time to reflect upon life; deep thought accompanying manual
labor. So how is folding the laundry like communion?
with ordinary things
with all its symbol of sacrifice, is done with the most ordinary of
things. Laundry folding is never a high and holy occupation; it’s about
folding your t-shirts and matching up your socks. Laundry may be holey,
but never holy. The elements of communion are likewise plain and
ordinary: wine and bread. The presence of Christ transforms them.
laundry, communion is a time of setting in order. In the laundry you fold
and stack the clean clothes in some order. In communion you should do the
same. Reflect upon your life; is there some piece of it which is
contrary to God’s will? Then bring it to the Master, and ask Him to set
it in order for you.
It is also
a time set apart. Folding laundry is not particularly entertaining;
therefore, the mind finds other things to think of. No one disturbs me
(for fear of being asked for help.) Therefore my mind has leisure to think.
In communion likewise your thoughts should be undisturbed by others, so that
the voice of your Lord may be heard.
doing the laundry has as its objective clean clothes. It is a time of
cleansing for the cotton. Communion too has its objective: the
remembrance of Christ’s death. In the process, you are to examine
yourself so that you might receive the cleansing of the soul.
· Sometimes, your socks just don’t match up. Is
there a part of your life in which there is love but not righteousness?
· We discard things with a hole in them. Is
there something in your life which you know you need to discard?
· “It all comes out in the wash,” we say.
Confession is simply pre-spotting the really tough stains.
cleanse the body with soap; your clothes with detergent—and you cleanse your
soul with the body and blood of Jesus Christ.