WASH someone’s feet
Prepping for washing feet this summer, I’m thinking of this from Science and Health:
In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.
If someone is sick or in pain I’m quick to have compassion. But if someone is acting badly, maybe hurting themselves or others, I often blame them, feeling frustration, anger, even fury.
That’s refusing to wash feet. It implies that life-success is in avoiding ugliness. Foot-washing, however, says that life-success is right there, with the dirty feet, cleaning up the ugliness. I’m excited to see this for myself.
The quote above makes it clear that “dirt on feet” is all the fear, hatred, and grossness that come with believing we’re separate from God. Only the universal solvent of Love can wash away the belief of separateness, in me and in others.
What feels so radical about this is that I’m going to have to shut down my willingness to be mad and frustrated. Because it’s those very situations that require tender cleaning more than others.
This is going to pull me out of a sense of being in control of my life. Call on me to be more patient, forgiving, and merciful than feels normal to me. OK! I’m in. How about you?
Alex Cook, June 2012
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