April 9, 2020
Today’s Holy Week devotion is based on John 13:14 and 15. “You also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you”
Imagine taking out the basin of water and washing the feet of your friends. Maybe you’ve done this before as part of a worship service. There is a true sense of discomfort when you kneel before someone and wash and dry their feet. That is what Jesus did, except he was not uncomfortable doing it. There is definitely no physical/social distancing whatever in this command.
Embedded in this first Maundy (‘Maundy’ means ‘command’) Thursday is the directive that followers of Jesus are all part of foot-washing. There are no ‘designated foot-washers’ that is the serving of others, even those who are social outcasts. This humble serving of others is how one experiences the grace, mercy, and power of Jesus.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for your Son, Jesus, who suffered the indignity of being stripped naked and nailed to a cross to offer us salvation through his cleansing blood. Open our hearts and minds for opportunities to care for others so that they might experience his grace and mercy. Amen.