A Holy Thursday prayer:
"If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your
you ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow..."
Let me listen with my heart to these words of Jesus.
Let me learn this model in my blood, flesh, bones.
Help me, Lord, to shed all pretense in service and love.
When confronted with an opportunity to love, serve,
Forgive, soothe, share myself,
And I hesitate and think, "This is beneath me,"
Show me the loving face of Jesus and make me remember
This man will die for me.
Let me remember that the washing of feet, this
Intimate, gentle touch
That I resist
Might be the only way for me to embrace His dying.
Let me remember that when all is passed away
The only things left will be the marks, the models, of my service
In the darkness and death, let me remember:
"You ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow."