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Who and Whose

John 13 is a passage that has always intrigued me…it’s the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and it begins like this: Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3-5 What intrigues me about it is the phrase that Jesus knew where he came from and where he was returning to, because that seems to be what empowers him to perform this lowly act of service for the disciples. And he ends this encounter by telling them to follow his example and wash one another’s feet. I don’t think he meant they should spend time washing only the feet of their inner group. No, as Lord and Savior he had washed their feet. He was able to do that because he knew who he was and whose he was. This gave him confidence to serve in whatever way God called him to serve…wash the disciples feet or die on a cross for all of us. So his disciples, his inner circle, needed to recognize who they...

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The heart of a mother

Photo Credit Here I remember what it was like to hold my babies and dream of what they would one day become. Parents all over the world have similar hopes and dreams for their children. We want our children to be well and happy. We want them to experience joy and fun as children. We want them to be educated and well-fed. We want them to know Jesus too. We do everything in our power to make those things happen. Nutritious food. Good schools. The right toys. Extracurricular activities. The best children’s ministry. All so our babies can grow up happy and well-adjusted and with every advantage we can give them.This mother wants the same things. No matter where she is from…how many children she has…what heartaches she has seen…what difficulties she faces…she is a mother. You can see it in her eyes – the heart of a mother. Just like us, she wants her children to be joyful and educated and to have purpose in life. But the barriers for her and her children run deep. Much deeper than most of us will ever experience. No matter what hopes she has for her children, there will be much difficulty in seeing those dreams come true. And they may not happen at all. Except for the love of Christ-followers. We have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives...

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For the love of books

I love to read. Books, magazines, the back of cereal boxes. It doesn’t matter. I love to read. Period. This love began in elementary school when I learned to read and books opened up whole new worlds to me. You can see in the picture above that the love continues today. This is the stack of books on my bedside table. And that doesn’t count the books on my iPad and nook and Kindle apps. So many books…not enough time.   By late elementary and middle school, I could while away hours in a day engrossed in a world that was nothing like mine. Not that my world was bad, mind you. I had a loving family and lots of friends. But my internal voices were filled with fear and self-doubt. Books quieted those voices and took me to places and lives I could only dream about. If I were to talk to that book-loving child and teen today, I would tell her, You are as good and kind and heroic as any character in the well-worn and dog-eared novels you love so much. God made you just the way He wanted you to be, so embrace that reality now.  Life may not seem as exciting as that of our favorite heroes. But honestly, any day spent in the presence of Jesus will be more than we can ask...

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