Daily reading: John 13:1-19
Holy Thursday March 24, 2016

Focus passage: So he got up from the table and took off his robes.  Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing.  John 13:4-5

I struck by the intimacy that happens in foot washing section of this passage.  I am also struck by Jesus’ insistence to lead by example, his willingness to bend down and tenderly clean off the dust from the road and dry the feet of those that have been following him.

I am inspired by his form of servant leadership.  It is one of seeking out, of empowering and supporting even the wavering and often wrong disciples.

In the midst of a highly charged evening, when Jesus is sure that one will betray, one will deny and the others will scatter in fear, he still kneels down and washes.  

Prayer:  God walk with me through this week of betrayal, denial, desertion and crucifixion.  In the noise and busy-ness of my day may I remember to stay grounded in your love.  Amen.


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