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Holy Thursday, to humble yourself to serve, share and pray.

April 13, 2017

Pulling up to a table with delicious food laid out, the room filled with the aroma of the feast, and the table surrounded by the closest of friends sounds like the happy ending to any day.  Leonardo da Vinci captured the image with such skill that it is the Polaroid in our mind when we hear the phrase “Holy Thursday”.  Oh to be at that table.

However, the gift of that evening was not the food or the companionship that was to be shared, or the honor of being in the presence of the Lord it was the lesson prior to the meal that became a symbol and action that is repeated to this day more than 2000 years later; a symbol of serving, humbling oneself, and an expression of the deepest form of love.

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:1-5

Then, the most valuable lesson, a timeless truth that I plan to write in my day to day calendar so I may remember a verse that I have many times read too quickly through:

“Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:16-17

To serve is to love.

To love is to humble yourself to serve.

The power and presence of the love that was demonstrated from Jesus to those whom He carried in His heart, from this earth to heaven, is a love that is not limited to the capacity of that room, it is only limited by the capacity of our heart.  The love Jesus validated and sincerely offered to His disciples is the same love that He offers to us every day from our first to our last.  When we allow that love to fill our hearts it radiates from us to everyone in our presence therefore casting a most powerful, humble, serving, unconditional love to all whom we are in contact with, bettering us, those within our walk, and thereby the corner of the world that we have been placed in.

Later Jesus would lie face down on the soil of the earth in the Garden of Gethsemane weeping, begging, and praying so fervently that blood vessels would burst and blood would ooze through his skin, all of this as those He just loved in action, deed, and sincerity slept unaware of the last moments with him they were letting slip away.  Jesus knew his final hours would be offered at a price that was far greater than 30 pieces of silver, He would walk the path that was set before Him and stretch out His arms for the last time offering the greatest act of love our world has ever known.

From arms that served and loved in the room, to arms that serve and love our world.  We are conduits of that love now with our arms, our hearts, with His love.

May you serve the world around you humbled yet empowered with the capacity of love shown by the one who didn’t just speak it but who demonstrated it with His hands, His arms and His life.

Be the servant.   Be the messenger. Be Blessed.

Wishing you peace,

Terri O’Neill-Borders


Hope and Friendship Foundation
721 Hickory St, Lemont, IL  60439

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31: 8-9


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