Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dishwashing Escapades!

February 28th 2009

So, last night for LCF was one of our semi-annual dishwashing adventures. Basically, the group divides into groups of three and tackles the SSR rez, going door-to-door asking people if they have any dirty dishes that they would like washed - for free. People are very, very amazed at this prospect, wondering incredulously at how this service could possibly be for free.

Last night, as we were questioned again and again about the cost of our dishwashing services, I kept reflected on the thought of a free gift - and how we sinful humans really don't understand the concept. People come to your door unexpectedly and ask if they can wash your dishes for free - you question their motives. When God offers you the gift of salvation for free - no monetary fee, no quota of good deeds to be filled - we question that, too.

Ephesians 2:8-9 spells it out:

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."

Free. The gift of grace. How amazing!

All in all, it was a great night. People were really grateful for this free gift, and it felt so good to be able to serve them whole-heartedly. It was pretty neat to see the state of disarray each kitchen would be in when we arrived, and how nice it looked when we left. One boy's apartment in particular was quite grody - we went the whole nine yards for them, and cleaned the top of their stove, the counters, their coffee pot and stand, and their microwave. I hope the cleanliness blessed them! It blessed me. We kept coming up with catchy little spiritual analogies as well - "hey, this is like what Jesus told the lepers - be clean!" haha, all in good fun of course.

We had one guy ask us where he could find a church on campus, and were able to direct him to All Nations, and then he gave us sort of a Bible drill (?!) which was interesting.

Anyway, in other news, I've become a little obsessed with finding pictures of really great-looking interior decor and saving them to my laptop, in hopes of someday being able to consult them when decorating my own house :) it's fun! For example:

I just love this bedroom! It's so bright and cheery. The colour of the walls and the pink on the bedspread is just awesome.

Anyway, I better get going, another busy day ahead!

With dishpan hands,



Alana said...

wow that's a cool outreach!

Tiffany said...

Yeah, it was pretty sweet! I'd definitely do it again.