Wash Your Hands

This Lent at St. Andrew’s we are gathering on Wednesday nights to discuss a video series about symbols in our lives of faith.

Last night, the symbol for the week was water.

Watch the video here:

How are you adrift? What keeps you afloat?

At the end of the video, the viewer is invited to take on this contemplative practice for the week:

This week, when you wash your hands, notice the water, really feel the water as it flows over your hands.

The creators of this series had no way of knowing that this week would line up with a global health crisis. Right now, everywhere I turn someone is reminding me to wash my hands.

The invitation in this video helped me think differently about how to react in this time of fear, panic, and uncertainty.

What if every time you read or heard a reminder to wash your hands, you used that as an opportunity to remember your baptism?

What if every time you turned back to the sink for those 20 seconds, you took a breath and reminded yourself of your baptismal identity, as a child of God?

This article by Kara K. Root points out that it takes 20 seconds to say the Lord’s Prayer once: https://faithandleadership.com/kara-k-root-20-second-gift-washing-your-hands

Every time you wash your hands, pay attention to the water, to how it feels as it moves over your skin. Pay attention to your thoughts – are you restless, impatient, panicked, unsettled? Bring awareness to that feeling. Maybe say the Lord’s Prayer. Remember that you have been united with Christ in your baptism.

How might this change the way we respond to our current health crisis? If every time we wash our hands we remember the most vulnerable among us; if each piece of news about empty store shelves reminded us of those who have no extra food, or no homes to bring it home to; if we ask ourselves – where is Jesus in all of this?

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