so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:4-5 (NIV)
Good Friday 2018 was unique for me. At my church, we had a service which included a footwashing ceremony where members had the opportunity to wash one another’s feet and have their feet washed. Obviously, I had read about this in the Bible but this was my first time seeing it live and having the opportunity to participate.
I had been anticipating it but I had no idea what to expect. I figured I’d take the opportunity to wash a friend’s feet so I would have that experience. However, she beat me to it giving me no option to have her wash my feet and I worked up my courage to reciprocate.
It certainly was a very special and humbling experience for me on many different levels:
As the “Footwashee”- I don’t normally let anyone get in close proximity with my feet as I sometimes can feel self conscious about them. For me to allow my friend to serve me in this way was huge personally as it was a conscious choice to let go of that fear and trust her with what was an insecurity for me. In doing so, I received a blessing as my friend prayed for me as she washed and dried my feet.
As the “Footwasher”- Even though I had the intention of serving my friend in this way, it still was difficult for me mentally, to actually go through with the footwashing. I strongly dislike attempting new things in front of an audience, no matter the size. Even as I washed my friend’s feet, all the different ways this could go horribly wrong kept going through my head. My friend was incredibly patient as I fumbled my way through and I’m pleased to report all her toes were accounted for at the end 🙂
Having this opportunity to participate in the footwashing allowed me to face some of my fears and receive blessings. It has also become special experience that is now etched in my heart forever. More importantly, I learnt more about love and humility and I have a tangible reference going forward when I read about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. There is therefore a greater appreciation and understanding of this example that Jesus set for us to follow.
We gathered together as a church family to remember the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice and we left encouraged by the depths of His love and inspired to share this love through service.
How can you serve those around you?
✞ Are You Really In?