The Touch of the Towel, a poem based on John 13:1-17

towel-and-basinThe Touch of the Towel, a poem based on John 13:1-17, the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet

Jesus, you kneel before me
You remove my shoes and I am exposed
My feet are grimy
full of calluses and cracks
pungent with sweat and toe jam
I’m embarrassed by them
I pull back but you reassure
You’re not offended
I feel welcome in your hands
vulnerable, yet safe

The cleansing begins
I see your reflection in the ripples
I see me, too
Your water brings truth and life
Who I am and who I can be

I am whole and home in the touch the towel
You look at my neighbor and hand it to me

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Click Here for another reflection on John 13, entitled Jesus Washes Feet
Click Here for a reader’s theatre version of John 13
Click Here for a worship resource entitled Christ’s Call to Serve
Click Here for quotes and a worship resources entitled Lord Make Me Kind

The Touch of the Towel © 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

6 thoughts on “The Touch of the Towel, a poem based on John 13:1-17

  1. Pingback: I Know How The Disciples Felt | thisismyseniorlife

  2. Really love this poem. Please can I publish this with the attribution “The Touch of the Towel © 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia” in a free church newsletter? Thanks.

    Sarah Joiner

  3. Our church just completed a congregational foot-washing ceremony and your poem will be the perfect compliment to our photos taken during the event. I am requesting permission to print your poem in our free monthly church magazine for May 2017 to include proper attribution and website.

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