Apr 17 2014

Preceding Grace: Day 38 of Lent, Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”

                               John 13:8

The story of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples is only contained within the Gospel of John.  It is an extremely intimate story of a rabbi who taught his students what it really means to lead.

In that day and age, having your feet washed was an important service. Anyone who has ever worn sandals on a dirt road knows what it is to have dirty feet.  If animals regularly use the road, you would begin to get an approximation of what first century feet would look like in Judea.

Those with means would have a servant wash the feet of any guests entering the home.  The servant on the lowest rung of the ladder would be the one stuck with this job.  I’m sure servants were always happy to see someone new hired to take on this task!

So the reversal that Jesus attempts is understandably met with resistance. To wash the feet of those beneath him in status would take away from his social status.  Peter protests.

Jesus does exactly what he sought out to do.

Is he diminished?

I don’t think so.  

Bishop Hayes encourages Jacki Banks in the foot washing ritual May 29, 2012,
during the Service of Ordination at Annual Conference,
held at Boston Avenue UMC in Tulsa. Photo by Holly McCray

Bishop Hayes of the Oklahoma Conference washed the feet of those he would ordain to Elder and Deacon at their ordination service.  If he felt any anxiety about being an African American man washing the feet of white people, he gave no indication of it.  

I believe that in this moment, he set any racial tension of service aside and took on the role of Christ as servant leader.

Was he diminished in doing so?

Not in the slightest.  In fact, his stature only increased among those whom he leads in our conference.

To be on the receiving end of having your feet washed is also humbling.  In the moment, you don’t imagine yourself above them but somehow thankful for what they are doing for you.

As we approach Good Friday, may we pray about how we might adopt this attitude of service for others in all the ways we think and speak and act.  May we remember those in service to us in multiple ways and see ourselves not as above but rather as grateful for what they are providing.

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Apr 17 2014

Begin Again: Kentucky Fried Chicken Little

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. — George Santayana…

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Apr 17 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: A Perfect Thought For Resurrection Week

Pastor John Ortberg puts it this way:Wise people build their lives around what is eternal and squeeze in what is temporary. Not the other way around.Can’t add to or improve upon that.

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Apr 17 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Apostolic #Poetry – Seek Holiness:

If you’ve been raised with Christ,On the cross and from the dead,Look up above for the holy things -Not below for mere earthly detritus.For you are dead!Your true life abides,Within the Son that abides,Within the Father.When the Christ in you…

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Apr 16 2014

Holli Long: My Summer Reading List and “Carry On, Warrior” Giveaway

{See bottom of post for easy giveaway instructions.} Ahhh…summer.  Even though it there is still a bit of snow here in Chicagoland and the air is still wicked cold and my legs are still pastey white, a girl can dream, right?  And oh, sister, I am.  After getting though the next month which entails the […]

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Apr 16 2014

Holy Conversations: The Line is Drawn

How many times have you been in a conversation about possible sinful behavior and somewhere, someone comes up with a yeah, but I think God knows, insert excuse here. There are multiple versions of the excuse or the but being used, but it comes down to…

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