Maundy Thursday Prayer

God, I know that when I am overwhelmed or depressed taking a bath or a shower seems insurmountable.

It feels like work, to wash things away.

And yet, when my kids are having a hard day or feel unwell—I immediately offer to give them a bath (or a shower).

I will start the water and be sure to add soothing bubbles. I’ll set up the towels and usually set out pajamas no matter what time of day it is.

I wonder if you knew that the disciples were feeling poorly after the long journey to Jerusalem, your tumultuous entrance, and your Frank discussion over dinner about what to expect in the next few days.

I wonder if you remembered how good it felt for Mary to wash your feet.

I wonder if you said to Mary—remember how you washed my feet? Can you help me do it again? Let’s make the water ready together.

As you knelt at the disciples feet and demonstrated how they can live one another did you blink back tears? Or did you tell silly jokes and remiss about your ministry I keep the tone light?

Remember me you said.

Love one another you said.

Stay awake with me, you said.

Let us all strive to do the same I pray. Amen.

Feel free to share/adapt/use with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta

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