Bless Your Feet

Today, for Christians, is Holy Thursday. At many churches, services this evening will include footwashing, based on the account in John 13.

Some people shy away from this practice, because they feel awkward about their feet or because they worry that they will encounter stinky feet. But I think the biggest reason is that we are uncomfortable with the idea of Jesus serving us.

For me, however, this is the heart of Christian faith–being willing to accept that God, in the person of Jesus, desires an intimate relationship with us. Such a relationship involves more than mental agreement; it involves actually touching each other, emotionally and physically.

Such a relationship means being vulnerable. And that may be the hardest part of footwashing: accepting the care of another. When we do that, we are not in control.

That is the amazing thing: despite what so many think, neither Jesus nor God desire to control us. They want to be in relationship with us.

So, go to church, pray, sing, hug one another, but most of all: take off your  shoes and socks, stick out your feet, and receive the blessing. Your heart, and your feet, will feel better.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

2 thoughts on “Bless Your Feet”

  1. Hello Robin,

    Loved your article. I have a random question that maybe you could help me find the answer to. The picture that you posted with the article, Jesus washing Peter’s feet…I have been looking for the artist who painted it with little luck. Do you know who painted it?

    1. Thanks for writing. Sadly, I do not know the name of the artist. I try on my blogs now to be more careful about acknowledging sources, artists, etc. but I suspect I found this on Google images and it was without credit.
      Again, thanks for writing. By the way, I really appreciate the footwashing each year.

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