Lenten Devotional – Holy Thursday, April 18th

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By: Dwayne Brooks

John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

Reflection—v. 5 ‘Then he…began to wash the disciples’ feet’

In this story from the Gospel, Jesus does the work of a servant—he washes his disciples’ feet. I feel like we are all called to be servants in this way. The reason why I say that I’m a servant of God is because of the things that I do. I try to serve by helping out at the Food Pantry or at Mercy, by encouraging the people I meet who are in similar situations that I’ve been in. I don’t have to do these things, but I choose to do them anyway. Sometimes it feels like God guides me to do these acts of caring, even when I don’t want to do them in the moment. Even when it feels difficult, I know in my heart that I have to let other people know, through both my words and actions, that there’s somebody that cares about them. I tell people, ‘It’s not just me that cares for you; that man upstairs cares for you.’ Because if God didn’t care, I wouldn’t be here. There is no promise that everyone will like you. But God likes us more than anybody else, and no matter what somebody says about you, you can like yourself, and know that God likes you. Take me, for instance: some of the things I used to do—the attitude, the quick reaction to things, the way I used to blow up—I don’t like. But I feel like I’ve come a long way. To make a long story short, I just want to serve my God and represent the kind of life that Jesus lived.

Prayer: Servant Lord, guide us to do your work of loving and serving one another, even—and especially—when it is most difficult.