Bev Foster shares with us...
This past week, before my mom went to the hospital, I was over helping her to take a shower. Because of her fall, I had not been letting her shower alone. It was during this process that I became keenly aware of how Jesus must have felt and what He was trying to show us when He washed His disciple’s feet.
The scripture is from John 13: 14b-17
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
As I gently toweled my mom, I felt a warmth and tenderness that washed over me like a flood. I was doing just what I needed to be doing in that moment. I experienced a genuine feeling of serving. It is a feeling that will be with me for the rest of my life. A bittersweet, tear jerking, moment, when I knew just what I was put here for, service to others.
We used to have a Praise Hymnal at church, and in that book was a song, “Cups of Cold Water.” The words of that song came to my mind when I was helping my mom.
Here are the lyrics to the song written by John W. Peterson:
Healing the widows and orphans in their needs,
Healing the sick ones and binding hearts that bleed,
Feeding the hungry this we must surely do.
By this we serve Him and demonstrate His love.
Cups of cold water, given in Jesus' name,
Cups of cold water are never given in vain.
Someday in heaven when we meet the Lord,
Each deed of kindness will bring a rich reward.
During this hard time for our world, our country, and our community, finding small moments when we can serve others, may just be the medicine we all need right now. And God has promised that you will be blessed! Go and serve, in whatever small way you can!
Prayer: Lord, help us find those small moments to serve others during this trying time.
Be well my friends!