One morning I and my travel team - three gentlemen from Lomé charged with organizing and caring for the details of my trip - decided to make a detour. We would visit and encourage a young family that had recently begun to study Christian Science following a healing through prayer of a family member. In order to cover the four-plus hours driving time to make our 10 am radio appointment and to fit this side visit in, we needed to start very early.
The minarets of Sokodé's many mosques sounded the morning prayers promptly at 4am, but the lights in my travel team's rooms came on even earlier. Why? They wouldn't think of setting out before studying the Christian Science Bible-Lesson Sermon for that week. One could say they studied the Lesson religiously, that is in a scrupulously faithful manner. They never missed a day, reading the Lesson as if their lives - and the lives of others - depended on it.
This morning meeting brought to mind the time that Christ Jesus prepared his basin and washed his disciples' feet to teach them a lesson in caring for each other. Jesus said, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." (John 13:14,15) As we let the Christ bathe us in the true understanding of God and of man we are fortified and readied to care for the needs of others.
Through their early morning study and by the sharing of their experiences these men washed the feet of our young friends.
I think often of my brothers and sisters in Togo who know that their and others' lives depend on the spiritual nourishment that consistent Bible study gives. I see my own work as an act of solidarity and support to their healing mission. Through my prayer and study, through my writing and lecturing, I wash their feet. And through their devotion and good works, they wash mine.
Mary Baker Eddy explained, "Who shall inherit the earth? The meek, who sit at the feet of Truth, bathing the human understanding with tears of repentance and washing it clean from the taints of self-righteousness, hypocrisy, envy, — they shall inherit the earth, for 'wisdom is justified of her children.'” (First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, 228)
How are you washing others' feet today?