Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Basin and the Towel

John 13:12-17
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

 Bend my knee, O Lord,
that I might serve as you serve,
kneeling in the dirt
to cleanse, to heal, to forgive, to redeem.

Remind me to take off my robe --
the robe of title and position hiding my fears,
the robe of ego hiding my insecurities,
the robe of status symbols hiding my need for acceptance,
the robe of security hiding my fear of failure.

Instead help me put on the towel of service --
sharing ALL of your love,
speaking words of kindness, encouragement, gratitude, and grace,
acting out of love,
honoring others,
serving ALL of God's children.

O Lord,
wash my feet again
that I may walk in your way,
a way that leads to the cross and
the empty tomb!

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