|Preparing to wash each other's feet!|
|Shymala washing my feet in Canada!|
|Our staff washing each other's feet and then praying over each other|
We were reminded that unless Christ washes us and is a part of our lives, we cannot love nor serve others in His ways. We need to be united with the Vine in order to have an impact as the branch. Yet we were challenged to consider that Jesus invested in all 12 disciples for three years knowing that one of them---Judas was going to betray him but He never treated him any less than the others. Our staff were asked to reflect on the fact that as sinners we will all hurt one another from time to time and even the young women who come into our Community home could hurt us by their words or actions, but will we treat each other like Christ and not keep a record of wrongs or will we hold onto those grudges and be resentful and seek revenge. Will we define each other by our worst moments or will we always seek to see the good in each other? It is only through Christ pouring His Spirit in us that we can have the love and grace to encourage each other and the young women the way Christ does.
And so in following with Jesus's example, those of us who were in ''higher positions'' on the team started to wash the feet of those who were in a "lower position." Following this we formed a circle and prayed for each other. One of our staff in her closing prayer for the team was touched by the Holy Spirit and overcome with emotion and tears as we reflected on the enormity of how Christ responded to Judas and what He did for all of His other disciples. But she was not the only one for in our small team, others found themselves sobbing and others simply in tears through this experience.
I praise God for such moments and trust that these become memorial stones for our staff and for ourselves here that whatever we do, we are doing it for the Lord---that we will lay down our entitlements and our rights and use our ''power'' to love and serve and not focus on our own needs but seek to lift up those who are bowed down in our midst. I hope one day we will have the opportunity to see the 13 young women in our program perform a similar act of love and service to each other by washing the feet of their fellow room mates.