Dear Ones,
A blessed Maundy Thursday! We have a service at church tonight and will be stripping the altar down after for our Good Friday service tomorrow night. May we remember Jesus’ example to us!
Al will be going to Men’s group early this morning and I plan to do some food prep and we have Bible Study this afternoon.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Would others know from our actions that we have a servant’s heart or would they take us as someone who thinks others should be serving us? I remarked to Al a couple days ago of my mom’s example of serving others without complaint. She so often invited company into our small dining room in our 2- bedroom home, and yet she served with joy. She didn’t think about the work that was involved inviting groups over, like teenage girls, a large family or even all the relatives (who she managed to put everyone around a ping-pong table and card tables in the basement), but seemed excited. She exemplified to me a servant’s heart and didn’t complain.

As it is Maundy Thursday today, I think of Jesus as He celebrated the last supper with His disciples and washed their feet. He took the role of a servant and did what none of the other disciples offered to do. Jesus said in John 13:14-15, “So if I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also must wash each other’s feet. I’ve given you an example that you should follow.” He goes on to tell them they will have a blessed life if they follow His example and do to others what He has done.

Let us ask ourselves how willing we are to serve others, even when it involves things that we would rather not do. But the Lord will enable us to it with His love!  A couple days ago I read an example that Mark Roberts, from Fuller Seminary, gave of the role of a servant. An Executive of a large company met the custodian as he was struggling to get some big boxes up some stairs. The boss offered to help and the two of them worked together until all the boxes were carried up and put away. As he went to leave, the sweaty boss noticed tears in the eyes of the custodian, who said, “I’ve worked for this company for many years. Before today, no boss has ever stopped to help me. Thank you so much. You have no idea what this means to me.” It was a simple act but spoke volumes. Foot washing is sometimes carrying boxes or bringing a meal to a family, or helping someone who is hurt. Let us not think we deserve to be served but to serve with compassion and humility.

Challenge for today: Thank someone who has served you and be open to how you can serve others.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy