My friend was deeply discouraged. She yearned for her parents’ love and they ridiculed her faith.
Wash their feet.
“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. …Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
… When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13.1,5, 12-17)
That day my friend responded, “Yes, Lord.”
It’s still a hard relationship. She still yearns for her parents’ love, but God’s love now holds this place in her heart. He completes her need. She lights up when she tells me about her times with her parents. She tells me of how she washes their feet.
When we love Jesus MOST, we enjoy washing feet!
We’ve learned that serving is worship.
We’ve accepted that the recipient may never appreciate our gesture – and that’s okay. really.