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Forgiveness Thursday – Maundy Thursday

Today is a very important Forgiveness Thursday. It's Maundy Thursday. For those of you who are not familiar with the occasion, it's a time to remember the Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. This happened just prior to the arrest of Jesus. At our church . . .

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.  John 8:12

Today is a very important Forgiveness Thursday.  It’s Maundy Thursday.  For those of you who are not familiar with the occasion, it’s a time to remember the Last Supper and Jesus washing the feet of the disciples.  This happened just prior to the arrest of Jesus.  At our church we have a service that includes members washing each other’s feet.  The first time I attended this service, I thought . . . Yikes.  However, I was surprised to learn what a giving act it was.  The service ends with clearing and wiping down the altar.  A black veil is hung over the cross.  The symbolism really brings the events close to home.

Christ died so we can all be forgiven of our sins.  There isn’t a better example of forgiveness.  Today, while you are forgiving yourself and others, take a few moments and consider the supreme sacrifice of forgiveness that took place. God bless you.

4 comments

  1. I used to attend the Seventh-Day-Adventist Church and they have foot-washing along with every Communion service. But now that I’ve thought about it over the years, I’ve wondered if we have done what Jesus really meant by foot-washing.

    It means to be humble, to serve others. So, wouldn’t it be good if the church asked if anyone needed help in their home and then people from the congregation volunteer to help these people? Maybe someone needs their yard cleaned, or mowed. Maybe someone needs a break from their children and have a few hours off. Maybe there are old people who can’t do their own home repairs. Young people who need help with school work.

    In Jesus’ time, people’s feet needed to be washed, because with wearing sandals, everyone’s feet were dirty. And it was a form of hospitality too.\

    So, I’ve wondered if the Adventist Church lost the true meaning of it. I mean, now it is like a sacred ritual instead of a helping, humble thing. What do you think?

  2. I’m reflecting on forgiveness today as it relates to accountability. Sometimes even a simple apology is all it takes. Forgiveness is about connecting with our humanity, I think.

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