“Sorting the Laundry”, A Daily Book in Miracles, by Krista M. Moore. Picture from Peru.
Daily Miracle Message
You may not think sorting your laundry is very miraculous. It may appear that clothes being sorted are the most mundane activity known to man – or mankind – or humankind. But how you sort the laundry, and why you sort the laundry is more important than you might think.
You may ask, does God care about our ordinary tasks, like sorting the laundry? You bet! Why? Because he cares about our state of mind. If we are unhappy, we are not connecting to God. And so, to connect to God in ordinary life, we must find happiness in ordinary tasks.
But we often avoid ordinary tasks as if they do not matter. And so we think God also doesn’t care about those tasks. The avoidance of pain drives – almost – all human beings. We will come up with a million things to do other than sorting the laundry. Unless we like that sort of thing. And most of us do not. As a matter of fact, when we sort the laundry, we may even be tempted to think that our lives are not important. That we are as mundane as the things we are sorting. But that is not the case.
If you look at your life, it is like one giant pile of assorted things we put on: roles we play, ideas we have, decisions we make, children and projects we create, work we do, games we play. There are a million and one things on our todo list. And sorting the laundry is like the epitome of what it takes to face up to all of that.
What if we sorted the laundry like it was our best friend? The most delicate and precious solitary act, the most reverent act of kindness toward ourselves and the ones for whom we are carefully folding and putting away?
Without the clothes on our backs, our lives would be pretty scary indeed. Think of Adam and Eve!
We can sort our laundry and name why we like each item, or why a certain item has seen better days and needs to be lovingly put away or given away.
What if we caressed our clothes like we caressed our lover, watching our hands as they fold, smelling the fresh fabric, unfurling the sheets with the last zip and flourish before folding each corner down over the other, trying to remember how our mother or grandmother learned to do such a thing? It is a marvel.
What if we let go of our desire to do anything else but be exactly where we are?
Now that would be a miracle!
Daily Miracle Prayer
Dear God, give me the strength to be here, exactly where I am, starting this day with You at my side. Give me the clarity to accept the things I cannot change and the will to love the things I can. I will love it all anyway. Amen.
Daily Miracle Blessing
Oh, that you would know how mighty and blessed you are. Exactly as you are. With all that you have and all that you do, you are a miraculous child of God. Bless you!