Wednesday 29 July

Thought for the day from Jill Tucker

If I have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

As we emerge, blinking, into a post-lockdown world, suggestions abound as to how we might do so with resilience. One thought is that if we are coping well ourselves, we should become a safety net for others, by showing compassion and just being there, so that they too can recover well from the challenges of lockdown. 

This is doing as Jesus did: when his friend Lazarus died, Jesus wept; when people were in distress, he came to them with healing and love: when he invites us to ‘take his yoke upon us’, he is offering to share the burden with us. 

The hymn ‘Brother, Sister, let me serve you’ puts it beautifully. Written by New Zealander Richard Gillard it reflects the time when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet.  As we journey together into the challenges of the future, may we too serve, support and care for one another in the ways the hymn describes. And be each other’s safety net.

Brother, Sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear;

I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

Jill Tucker is the Dean of Self Supporting Ministry and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team