Washing Feet in an Old Bucket!

22 Apr

I (Dawn) had fun giving my granddaughters “Peeps” bunnies and chicks for Easter, inPink Bunny Peep each of their favorite colors. We love to tell each other silly jokes … like this one:

What do you call three rabbits in a row, hopping backwards simultaneously?

A receding hareline!

Pam and I admire and are blessed by the joy that motivates the life of one of our friends, Arlene Pellicane.

We think you will smile when you read about Arlene own little “peeps.”

My first grader, Ethan, is home for Easter break.  I was thinking about something I could do to make Easter more meaningful ~ less focus on candy, and more focus on Christ!  The Lord gave me a great idea that would work for my family (Lucy is 1, Noelle is 4, and Ethan is 6). I chose 10 Easter moments from the Bible and then made a folder with construction paper with the moments listed, each with catchy titles like:

Today we studied “Washing Feet” from John 13:1-9.  I read the beautiful story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.  We laughed together picturing the principal of Ethan’s school washing students’ feet, hanging up their backpacks, serving food in the cafeteria, and wiping kids noses.  Although we do have a very good principal who would probably do all those things, Ethan got the point.  Jesus was the leader, the KING, and yet He served.

I had my modern-day bucket of water on the floor ~ an old Costco detergent container ~ and I began with my daughter, Noelle.  As she sat, I told her while I washed her feet, “I’m your mommy.  I love you very much and it’s my pleasure to serve you.  Jesus cares for you so much.” She was so sweet, all smiles, and I know it made an impression on her soft heart.

Ethan was next.  The moment was not as sacred.  More silly. He was giggling up a storm and talking about how cold the water was.  My prayer for him was more like, “Jesus, thank you that you care that the water is cold and that Ethan wants his feet dried now!”

Lucy foot washing

Lucy and the Foot Washing

The big surprise was Lucy who is 18 months old.  I hadn’t planned on washing her little tootsies. But after watching her brother and sister, she sat right next to me and started taking off her shoes.  I was cracking up as I watched her determination.  She peeled off her socks and pointed to the bucket.  She wanted her feet washed too!  (I didn’t even know she knew how to take off her shoes and socks!)

She was my last to serve and I think she liked the foot washing the best, although she understood it the least.

Or maybe what she understood was enough.  “Mommy takes care of us, and she washes our feet.”

Isn’t that what Jesus does?  That’s the understanding we all can have of our wonderful Savior. He takes care of us and even bends down to do the lowliest task.  Jesus washes feet. Even ours, which are not nearly as cute as my Lucy’s!

Arlene Pellicane is the author of 31 Days to a Younger You: No Surgery, No Diets, No Kidding. She has been featured on The 700 Club, Hour of Power, Turning Point with David Jeremiah, and TLC’s Home Made Simple. She loves speaking at women’s events and writing from her home in San Diego.

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