Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Is Risen (And His Feet Are So Clean!)

I've mentioned before, I gave up on faith many years ago. But still, I enjoy the rituals.

Some are peaceful (like the ritual of prayer, which I liken to meditation), while others allow a time for reflection. Some of the most genuine moments of introspection in my life came during communion, for example.

I don't think one has to believe in a god to participate in religious rituals; one simply must have a desire for spirituality.

It's been decades since I last participated in one of my favorite rituals: feet washing. While a kid--between 10 and 17 years of age--the church I attended weekly washed feet every fourth Sunday as part of communion services.




Washing feet was a demonstration of humility, something bible stories tell us was done to Jesus, and to others by Jesus as a sign of fellowship and love.

Even during those years I was seriously debating God's existence, I enjoyed the ritual of feet washing. As strange a practice as it is--and it does seem quite strange, looking back-- there was something about it that created a unique, intimate relationship with others. With or without God as part of the mix, the act brought a sense of humility, fellowship and love to the congregation.

We need more of that in today's world.

3 comments:

Chris James said...

You've obviously never sold orthopedic shoes for $6.00 an hour. :P

The Film Geek said...

LOL

True, true. That may alter the humilty, fellowship and love part it. For sure.

Elvis Drinkmo said...

You may be surprised to hear me say this- but I think this is really cool.

When a person looks at the life of Jesus, fact or fable, it really is an inspiring story of someone who willingly gave up everything to advance the cause of people from all walks of life. Nothing could be more admirable.

It's too bad that so many of today's Christians (or followers of every other major religion for that matter), don't pay more attention to the teachings of their own faith. The world would be a much better place if they did.