April 17, 2014, Maundy Thursday

“Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end…Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.” John 31:1, 3-5


Can you feel the love tonight?  Can you feel something beyond where you were?  It’s a hard night.  We know what is coming tomorrow.  But, do we ever remember the love of this night? They shared food; they shared wine; and Jesus washed their feet.  Jesus showed them what intimacy and love for another human really meant–that one would become vulnerable, would do for another what perhaps was not the most comfortable thing to do.  Love became not a caring or a sharing but an entering, an entering into the life of another.  Tomorrow we will kneel at the cross.  But, now, in this moment, can you feel the love?


God of Love and Life, In the fears of this moment, knowing what is to come, let us feel your love, so much that we can do nothing less than enter the life of another.  Amen.

                                                                                                Rev. Shelli Williams