Today, for Christians, is Holy Thursday. At many churches, services this evening will include footwashing, based on the account in John 13.
Some people shy away from this practice, because they feel awkward about their feet or because they worry that they will encounter stinky feet. But I think the biggest reason is that we are uncomfortable with the idea of Jesus serving us.
For me, however, this is the heart of Christian faith–being willing to accept that God, in the person of Jesus, desires an intimate relationship with us. Such a relationship involves more than mental agreement; it involves actually touching each other, emotionally and physically.
Such a relationship means being vulnerable. And that may be the hardest part of footwashing: accepting the care of another. When we do that, we are not in control.
That is the amazing thing: despite what so many think, neither Jesus nor God desire to control us. They want to be in relationship with us.
So, go to church, pray, sing, hug one another, but most of all: take off your shoes and socks, stick out your feet, and receive the blessing. Your heart, and your feet, will feel better.