Still Feet to Wash

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

With a newborn in the house, weary parents persevere through another day, not for some grand, philosophical reward, but because the baby needs them. Things need to be done. “Not becoming weary” falls a bit short when you spend days wondering if the sleepless nights will end. They will, at least until your child drives off to college.

On the other end of life, the same parent who traded sleep for your comfort needs you to return the favor. To make sure they drink enough water or not fall in the night. Devoid of sleep once more, you wonder if the sleepless nights will end. And sadly, they will.

The days in between, spending countless hours in hospital chairs, watching to make sure she’s still breathing. Or flying half-way across the country on a moment’s notice because she needs you there.

Let us not become weary” isn’t much good when I passed weary three days ago. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I know because the Bible says it, but even Jesus needed to recharge, and He is God. I am not.

When my eyes are heavy and I find precious moments on a pillow, I pray sleep, even if limited, will be peaceful and restful. Yet more often than not, my mind battles the endeavor.

Jesus spent the last week of His earthly life consumed with what was to come, and my salvation cost Him dearly. Even so, He took time to break bread and wash feet, to show us how. We were not made to face this alone. Jesus gently moves the rocking chair in the nursery, touches her forehead to break a fever, or places a hand on a shoulder as he drifts off to sleep, again. Now, it’s my time to do the same, for there are still feet to wash.

Lord, in this time of rest, whether eyes opened or closed, cover me like a warm blanket. Renew and restore my soul, body, and mind to face the days ahead, for only You know what they hold.

Amen

 

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