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July 24, 2019

“Laundry Love Note” by Nancy Frantel

Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ─ I John 4:7 (NRSV)

When I walk into the laundry room, I smile. While I don’t mind washing clothes, that’s not the reason for the reaction.

I don’t expect to check a pant pocket and find a five-dollar bill or find the missing partner to a lonely sock.

On the wall hangs a dry erase board where I write my to-do list of responsibilities to complete within the next few weeks. This location allows for gentle reminders, which I glance at when starting a load of laundry.

My more urgent “do today or by tomorrow” handwritten list stays on my desk. While I would prefer not to look at the number of tasks on the list, it’s the mature thing to do.

I set aside time for housework on both lists. Vacuuming can wait, washing dishes can’t, and laundry is somewhere in the middle.

But now, I walk into the laundry room even if I don’t plan on washing clothes.

Because when I enter the room, I see “I LOVE YOU MOM!” written with dry erase marker on the board.

My oldest son wrote the note during a recent visit home. I didn’t find the message until the day after he left.

At first, the note startled me. Imagine finding words on a wall you didn’t write. However, it only took a few seconds to read the message, recognize the handwriting, and have tears running down my cheeks.

As a mom, I try to let my kids know how much I love them every time I get a chance. They respond with the same sentiment, which warms my heart.

Our Heavenly Father shows love for us, His children.

Messages throughout the Bible provide guidance on how to love others, and I believe God teaches my children how to love through the people He places along their paths.

God gives them opportunities to express love for others, and in this case, a laundry love note left as evidence.

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. ─ I John 3:1a (NRSV)

Originally appeared in the JANUARY 2018 Issue of Ruby (below)
Nancy Frantel lives in Virginia and is a published author of three history books, public speaker and researcher. Prior to becoming a writer she worked in corporate management. A “life interruption” injury in 2010 limited her ability to work as a writer. In 2017, she attended several Christian writing conferences and felt led to start over in a different genre. Her goal is to write inspirational and encouraging stories based on her experiences, lessons learned by trusting God, and individuals He provides along the way.

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