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In a great teaching moment, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. John 13:12-17 tells us:

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater that 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.” (New International Version)

I believe that it is time for some holiday “foot washing.”

The idea of a child not having a Christmas present at Christmas pulls at the heart of every one of us. But the idea of a child going to bed hungry should break your heart.

Twenty-seven years ago, the “Killeen Food Care Center” was started by local minister Raymond Smith and several area churches. Their motive was to “wash each other’s feet.”

Regular volunteers

Raymond is in heaven now, but his work goes on. Currently 55 people volunteer regularly at the food care center to keep it open four days a week.

They serve 150 families each of those 16 days a month that they are open. That is 2,400 families served in one month. That is a lot of foot washing.

Last year, they recorded 78,000 client visits. Wow, that is a lot of foot washing. It is also sad to note that 15 percent of those served were active-duty military families.

What would our Lord have to say to a prosperous city that allows its children to fall asleep hungry? What would he say to the “secure” who ignored the “insecure”?

“Repent and turn to God and prove your repentance by their deeds” (Acts 26:20-21).

I challenge you to become a part of the “year-round” solution to a “year-round” hunger problem.

Less than 10 percent of area churches support this Christian effort year-round.

Could your church, business, or civic group make a regular monthly donation? They can provide a meal for just 14 cents.

You can volunteer, drop off food, or seek assistance at 210 N. 16th St., Killeen Texas 76541 from Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or mail a check to “Killeen Food Care Center” P.O. Box 1656, Killeen, TX 76540.

Learn more at www.foodcare.org.

I realize that this sermon sounds a lot like a commercial for the Food Care Center. But maybe it’s time for a lot less talk and a little more action.

Listen to the words of Jesus from the end of the foot-washing session.

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Do and be blessed!

Dr. Randy Wallace is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Killeen.

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