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Foot washing jars us out of complacency

They came by the dozens. We invited everyone to participate, and to our surprise, most of those gathered for this Maundy Thursday service came forward. They sat and took off their foot coverings, and we washed their feet while the people sang.

At first we were awkward, but then we let go of pretensions and went with the moment. Smiles brightened faces. Laughter broke out from time to time. We began to exchange words instead of silently washing their feet. As we relaxed we began to experience the meaning of this rite, which walks a tightrope between the silly and the sacred.


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