Friday, November 26, 2010

I've Laid Down A Pattern For You

Today's Goal: Feet Washing

Taking Jesus' lead, today I will be a feet washer.
Bowing low, dirtying hands, humbling self, serving, loving:

The story:
Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. 
Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. It was suppertime. 
Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. 
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. 
When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, "Master, you wash my feet?" 
Jesus answered, "You don't understand now what I'm doing, but it will be clear enough to you later." ...
...Then he said, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as 'Teacher' and 'Master,' and rightly so. That is what I am. 

So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other's feet. I've laid down a pattern for you. What I've done, you do. (source, John 13)

Though Jesus should have been the one receiving the feet washing, the task of lowly servants in that day, he bowed low in front of those he loved, and washed. 

May my heart be drawn to serving, to washing without complaining, to loving with no strings attached. 

Photos: Shots from phone over Thanksgiving holiday