Bible Reading: John 13:3-17
Author: Ms. Carol Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada)
Thursday 30 November 2023 © The Upper Room.
For six weeks my broken knee had limited my ability to do things for myself.  When my friend offered to come over and care for my feet, I reluctantly accepted.  She arrived and promptly began by filling a basin with warm water to soak my feet.  After that she sat and tenderly dried them, clipped and filed the nails, and finally polished the nails to make me feel pampered.

My friend’s act of service reminded me of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.  He was their teacher and their Lord but took on a task reserved for household servants.  He taught in words and by example how they should treat one another.  Paul expressed it this way: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”.

I was humbled by my friend’s servant heart and challenged by scripture and her example to look for those in need and to seek ways — no matter how humble — that I can serve God by serving others.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to be mindful of the needs of others. Amen.
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