I wash your feet,

Not because I must but because I want to.

Whether your feet are covered in corns, callouses,

Grime or animal dung,

Or step pristinely out of a shower,

I’d still choose to do it anyway,

So there we go, warm soapy water and a simple sponge,

Sliding around your ankles, smearing between toes,

Tickling the soles of each foot,

Taking away the hard bitterness of a life lived

On the land and in the street.

Feet washing is an act of humble service.

In genuine humility we place someone else

Before ourselves, above ourselves!

They are important, worthy of respect and dignity,

No matter who they are,

No matter what they have done

Or where they have come from.

In the humble words of he who washed me,

Whoever wishes to be first must be last,

And whoever wishes to be first must be servant to all.

It really is simply, as hard as that!

Poem: Stephen Davies

Stephen has been a primary teacher for 32 years, more recently combining relief teaching with tennis coaching. He and his wife live in Christchurch and are members of South West Baptist Church. He has written some 15 volumes of poetry, both sacred and secular. This poem is taken from a collection by Stephen called A Rabbi Walked This Way © 2017, and is used with permission.

Read More Articles

5-star biblical preaching Image
April 23, 2024 | Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

5-star biblical preaching

For the fifth of people in our Baptist churches listening to podcasts, here’s a new one containing biblical preaching, and it has a 5-star rating!

Outdoor worship services Image
April 19, 2024 | Steph Wood and Sean Pawson Channel: 2144749

Outdoor worship services

Ilam Baptist Church brings their worship services out into God’s creation – An interview about the inspiration, the experiences, and the learnings.

Lessons from the 1880 Arrowtown Chinese settlement mission Image
April 17, 2024 | Jonan Castillon Channel: 2144749

Lessons from the 1880 Arrowtown Chinese settlement mission

How can the stories of the Arrowtown Chinese gold miners challenge and inspire multicultural ministry in our church today?