A Prayer before Maundy Thursday

Prayer before going to the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday
I will walk in the wind
to meet you Jesus
to let you wash my feet.

I don’t want to.
I would rather stay here in the warm,
away from your towels and water
and offers of forgiveness,
for I know what you mean,
what you ask,
what you give.

But I will come,
for I cannot stay here alone,
and I cannot run elsewhere,
for I know what that you are waiting,
welcoming.

And I know that only you
can heal me and hold me.
So I will come
with empty hands to your supper,
empty hands and dirty feet.

I will come as your guest
and with water, bread and wine
you will make me whole
and set me free to serve you.

Ruth Burgess
from   Eggs and Ashes    Ruth Burgess and Chris Polehill (eds)