Note: TableThink is focusing on the key elements of Holy Week. Our regularly scheduled features will return on Monday, April 22. We invite you to join the TableThink community’s intentional daily focus on Christ.
This is an incredible week to focus and meditate on Christ who reveals the power of love which has no beginning or end. It’s beyond what can be imagined when we live in and through the love of Christ. *We invite you to experience and share these simple meditations for adults and kids this week. The full listing for the week will be updated in the article, Sunday Soul Work: Holy Week. The Think On This daily devotion and 2-minute podcast will be featured and include the daily meditation for both adults and kids.
Listen . . .
Think On This . . .
In chapter 13 of his book , John reminds us that Jesus knew he had authority over everything and yet, he humbled himself. The first century reader recognized the significance of Jesus taking off his robe and wrapping the towel around his waist when he washed the disciples’ feet. In the ancient days, the robe signified power, while the towel symbolized slavery.
Taking off his robe represented taking off his power.
Wrapping the towel around his waist, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as a slave would. He washed the feet of the faithful and the one who deceived him. This is love.
Meditate . . . Be still and know God . . .
Meditate on this kind of love, picturing Jesus taking off his robe, wrapping a towel around his waist, and kneeling to wash the disciple’s feet. This snapshot in time awakens the mind . . . heart . . . and spirit to who we are to be and how we are to do what’s ours to do.
Think On This . . .
To be great, we become least. To change the world, we serve. To experience the extraordinary, we love.
Take off your power . . . wrap yourself in the “towel” of service . . . align yourself with Jesus’ love.
For Kids . . .
Take the opportunity to do a foot washing or some kind of meaningful service. Most kids will laugh and be a bit silly during a foot washing. Their response adds joy to it all. Some families make this a tradition as it’s often remembered as a significant experience.
Elements to share:
- Jesus loves everyone.
- Jesus serves everyone.
- Love all. Serve all.
— Kerrie Palmer (@KerrieLPalmer) April 17, 2019
In our conversation at the table, Joshua questioned me about some of my thoughts and experiences on Holy Week.
On Palm Sunday, April 14, TableThink will provide some resources for you to use during Holy Week. This will include some thoughts on John 20-10-11. John, referred to as the other disciple, and Peter went home after seeing the linen cloths lying in the tomb and the burial cloth folded.
The thing is . . . they went home . . . missing the most magnificent moment in humanity’s history.
Mary went back to the tomb where Jesus had been buried and experienced more than can be imagined.