Where it all begins

ford-maddox-brown_christ-washing-1848Every good thing finds its origin within the circle of the Trinity.  Honor, justice, love, joy and beauty with a thousand other gifts are simple reflections of the “circle dance” of life that pulses between Father, Son, and Spirit:

  • Honor reflects the way they relate to one another.
  • Love reflects the way they care for each other.
  • Order is a shadow of the way Father, Son and Spirit work together.
  • Joy pictures the delight they find in each another.

Beauty in all its forms is nothing more than the visible reflections of an invisible God. And lately I’ve been making a spiritual/mental exercise of tracing the “beautiful things” of life back to their source.

This past week I was pondering the stunning beauty of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet:  Were on earth did such a sublime idea originate?

“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For what he does, the Son does likewise.”

Where else but in the circle of the Trinity?   It must have been that Jesus saw this staggering act of humility enacted within the affectionate fellowship of the Godhead: Father, Son and Spirit “washing” each others’ feet!  It makes me smile to think of such a God.

Learning to trace these good gifts of life back to their source has done wonders for my vision of God and sanctified my life in ways I never thought possible .

2 thoughts on “Where it all begins”

  1. Hey Don! Thanks for this one! If the Son only does what the Father does… then the Father would also dig washing the feet of his disciples. Now, that’s the kind of God that millions are searching for; not that nameless, faceless, unknowable, all powerful, unmoved mover, omni-being!


  2. Why did they need washing?… and if they did need it, why wash them? What did that accomplish? Ah, that’s a good question, isn’t it. I want Jesus washing my feet, and using me to wash others’ feet, with a servant’s humble attitude.


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