On caring for disciples

"I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."John 13:15.

Christ Jesus

He washed their feet. Soiled, no doubt, on the road to the blind man, the adulteress, the leper, the centurion's servant. Why should we not concede that common men such as these might occasionally need cleansing? Walking in the earth it must ever be, even on the holiest of missions. He did not seem surprised or dismayed—only insistent that they do the same one to another. Perhaps frequently. And even to those disciples close to their Master, who needed it then as now. The laborers are here the same servants. No saints of self-appointed rank. All must wash—and be washed. You must wash those who, by means of much walking, much working (that it might be trodden under foot), have kicked up much earthly dust. You must be washed of them. That sandals of firm resolve may properly fit, to keep pace in unbroken unity, with all who serve God.

Jeannie J. Ferber

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Baptism, communion, and Christian Science
June 12, 1989

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