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Pastor Debbie's E Spire - February 23, 2017

When I lived in Atlanta, my roommate introduced me to a place called the "Open Door". It was an intentional living community where some people would have been homeless and others could have afforded housing of their own. Each resident chose to live there and do life together. One of the things they offered was a foot clinic on Thursday nights.  Residents, volunteers, and guests would share a meal and then clean up and set up for foot washing. We generally had 6-8 stations and we would welcome dozens of those living on the streets to wash and care for their feet.  Most of them walked miles each day. And with the southern rain, their feet were often wet with no real chance to dry (too cold to be without socks at night and most wore their shoes to sleep so they wouldn't be stolen).  When your feet don't dry out, the callouses become very thick. So we would soak, scrub, remove callouses, cut out corns, trim nails, and lotion their feet.  

 

It was a holy time for me.  Admittedly, some moments were a bit gross, but I worked through those since the washing was a special gift for our guests. And quickly became a special gift for me.  It was a time where I got to know the homeless community. I hadn't had personal interactions with anyone who lived on the street until I volunteered there. I learned their names and their stories. I learned some of the challenges (like parks where an armrest was placed in the middle of the benches so no one could lie down, or stores that called the police simply for a homeless man being nearby).  

 

And God used it to grow me in Christian service.  If Jesus could do it for his disciples feet, which were probably pretty dirty, stinky, and gross, then surely I could do it too.  Tomorrow in worship, we will be talking about the spiritual discipline of Christian action, with Jesus' example as our model.  After the sermon, you will be invited to participate in either a foot or hand washing.  You will be invited, not required.  We want you to follow the Spirit's lead, and if that means staying in your seat, that's ok.  If you might wear different shoes or socks/stockings to make it easier to participate, please plan to do that.  But you don't need to do any special pedicures tonight to make sure you're prepared.   =)

 

I am looking forward to a wonderful time of worship where God uses and blesses us and hope to see you.

 

Peace and grace,

Pastor Debbie


 

 

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