April 2 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Your Divine Son, on the night before he suffered death, instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood: Grant that we may receive it thankfully, in remembrance of him, who in these holy mysteries gives to us a pledge of eternal life. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)

Scripture Reading: John 13:1-17, 31-35

Journal: What do you think it would have been like to have Jesus wash your feet? What would your reaction have been? What is your reaction to hearing that he has “given us an example that we should do as he has done to us?” How will you follow the example of Jesus?

Reflection: Try to imagine the scene. You are sitting at the table with Jesus and his friends on the night before he died. A confusing sorrow overshadows you. Yet a mysterious hope has settled in your heart. Suddenly Jesus is standing in front of you. He looks into your eyes and immediately you are filled with an awareness of your tremendous worth.

Supper was special that night
There was both a heaviness and a holiness
     hanging in the air
We couldn’t explain the mood
It was sacred, yet sorrowful.
Gathered around the table 
     eating that solemn, holy meal
     seemed to us the most important meal 
     we had ever sat down to eat.

We were dwelling in the heart of mystery
Though dark the night
Hope felt right
     as if something evil
     was about to be conquered.
And then suddenly
the One we loved startled us all
He got up from the table
and put on an apron.
Can you imagine how we felt?

God in an apron!

Tenderness encircled us
      as He bowed before us.
He knelt and said,
      “I choose to wash your feet
      because I love you.”

God in an apron, kneeling
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I was embarrassed
      until his eyes met mine
I sensed my value then.
He touched my feet
He held them in his strong hands
He washed them
I can still feel the water
I can still feel the touch of his hands.
I can still see the look in his eyes. 

Then he handed me a towel
      and said,
“As I have done
so you must do.”
Learn to bow
Learn to kneel.

Let your tenderness encircle
      everyone you meet
Wash their feet
     not because you have to,
     because you want to.

It seems I’ve stood two thousand years
      holding the towel in my hands,
“As I have done so you must do,”
      keeps echoing in my heart. 

“There are so many feet to wash,”
     I keep saying
“No,” I hear God’s voice    
      resounding through the years
“There are only my feet
What you do for them 
      You do for me.” 
(Seasons of the Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Mark and Mary are living in a Creative Access country. Mark is working for a U.S. corporation there as a “Tent Maker.” Mark’s work gives him unparalleled access to the local population. Pray today for wisdom for Mark and Mary as they lead a growing team, with one new couple just arriving. Pray for unity of spirit and vision, and that the Lord would use them for his kingdom, and that the gospel would take root across the land where they live.

FISH is a food distribution ministry which is sponsored by many churches and food banks in the Knoxville city area. CSPC stocks the food pantry once a year, takes calls for food and also distributes the food once per month. CSPC members Keith and Shelley Percic are the CSPC contacts for this ministry. Pray today about how you and your family can help with FISH.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to understand that unless you wash our feet we can have no part with you. So wash us clean, O Savior, that we might be clean indeed. And that we might follow the example you have given us to follow. Amen.