Lent began last week.
It’s the forty days before Easter that are traditionally understood as a period of fasting, prayer, and penance. It’s a season that reminds us of our mortality, of our sharing in Christ’s death, of our participation in His resurrection. It is also a season that gives us confidence that Christ has conquered death, that nothing – nothing – can separate us from the love of God.
To mark this season, our staff gathered late last week to observe a tradition used in ancient civilization: foot washing.
What is foot washing?
Foot washing was a common duty for low-ranking servants during the time of Christ. It was a dirty, degrading, and disgusting task.
And it was one that Christ did too.
The night before His death, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. He removed their sandals and washed their filthy, road-stenched feet.
Because Jesus came – He comes – not as a king or a conqueror, but as a servant.
It was an expression of love.
It was a lesson in humility.
It was a display of servanthood.
Our God is a God who washed dusty feet.
And the only way to follow Him – the only path to spiritual greatness – is to humble ourselves, to extend the circle of love to enfold and include all.
Our employees served and demonstrated the compassion of Jesus Christ to the homeless within our community by washing their feet last week. It was a beautiful depiction of service and grace and compassion demonstrated. What a gift to love and serve others.
“After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.” (John 13: 12-17, NLT)