Gving and Receiving

( [email protected] ) Oct 24, 2003 04:54 PM EDT

Jesus said, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet."

-John 13:14 (NIV)

AFTER reading this passage, I thought of the many times, as a nurse, I had washed patients' feet. How much comfort it brought! They were unable to wash their own feet, and their appreciation for this simple service made me remember why I became a nurse.

But it didn't really hit me until I was a patient and someone else washed my feet. There was something humbling about that experience. And I saw that Jesus humbled himself for others and loved them in spite of their condition. I realize that now we are Christ's hands and must serve others in any way we can. What we do for others is an extension of his ministry, and it is what he calls us to do.

We show God's love for one another in many different ways. Through both serving and being served, we can feel the Holy Spirit present with us.


Dear Lord, show us the ways we can serve others. Humble us so that we can truly serve where you lead. As Jesus taught us, we pray, "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil."* Amen.


God becomes real as we serve one another in love.


Those in the hospital