Week 40   Day 2



            there are rooms we walk into

            which without anyone speaking 

            give us the impression of something 

            mysterious and awesome about to happen  

                        understanding without explanation 

                        communicating without comment 

                        revealing without verbalization 


            there are experiences we come to  

            for which there seems no turning back 

                        sensing a finality about them 

                        trying to prevent their happening 

                        quieting ourselves  


                        still we are tempted to turn away knowing 

                                    the faithful can fail 

                                    truth is often compromised 

                                    justice gets trampled upon 


            the Lord comes as a servant in all of this 

            and he does the menial thing 

                                    takes a towel 

                                    kneels down with water and basin 

                                    washes the feet  of his disciples


             and then he says 

             that we should do the same for each other 

                           love one another as I have loved you 

                           I have given you an example






                             THE TOWEL AND BASIN

         Love puts us on our knees in service to others.

                                             John 13


     1Before the Feast of Passover, Jesus knew His hour had
come that He should depart from this world.   Having loved
His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

     4Jesus rose from supper and laid aside His garments,
a towel and girded Himself.  5He poured water into a
basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and wipe them
with the towel.  6Then He came to Peter.  And Peter said,
"Lord, are You washing my feet?  8You shall never wash

my feet!"  Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you

have no part with Me."  9Simon Peter said, "Lord, not my

feet only, but also my hands and my head!"  

    12When He has washed their feet, and sat down again,

He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 

13You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so

I am.  14 If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,

you also ought to wash one another's feet.  15 I have given
you an example, that you should do as I have done to
16A servant is not greater than his master.  17 If you
these things, blessed are you if you do them."

    21Then Jesus was troubled in spirit, and said, "One of

you will betray Me."  22The disciples looked at one another,

perplexed about whom He spoke.  26Jesus answered, "It is

he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped

it."  He gave it to Judas Iscariot 27and said to him, "What

you do, do quickly."   30Having received the piece of bread,

he went out immediately.  And it was night.

    31When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of

Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.  33Little children,

I shall be with you a little while longer.  You will seek Me;

and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you cannot

come.'  34A new commandment I give to you, that you love

one another; as I have loved you.  35By this all will know that

you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

    36Peter asked, "Lord, where are You going?"  Jesus
"Where I am going you cannot follow Me now,
but you shall
follow Me afterward."  37Peter said to Him,
"Lord, why can
I not follow You now?  I will lay down my life
for Your sake." 
38Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your
life for My sake? 
I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till
you have denied
Me three times.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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