John 13: 6 -8

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand. “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

Peter finds it incredibly difficult to let Jesus wash his feet. Sometimes it can be much harder to receive than to give. It involves giving up control. It can involve giving up pride, admitting you need help, that you need others, that you are not self-reliant. It does not fit too well with our contemporary individualistic culture that promotes autonomy and self-sufficiency.

This has been my experience over the last few months. Sometimes it is harder to receive than give. The last few months have been challenging for us as a family with my wife Nicky recovering from glandular fever. Thankfully she is getting better, although very slowly. It has involved us accepting help from our community here at Ascension. Some have cooked for us, others have helped with school runs, others have taken the children to clubs so that their routine has not been too disrupted, others have committed to pray for Nicky’s recovery. Thank you for your help, love and support – it has been a blessing and a sign of the Kingdom of God at work here in Southampton. Thank you.

I love this vision of community; where we are a generous community and are abundantly serving and blessing one another and our wider community too, in response to how our God abundantly blesses us. This is my prayer for us as a community.

Happy Easter – Andy.