O God, you stretch out the universe : and wash our feet with your hands.
This prayer jumps out at me because of the wildly divergent visions of God’s action here. It illustrates something beautiful and amazing about the God we see in Christ: our God is the God who created the universe, who spread out the stars, a God of overwhelming majesty and power. And yet, at the same time, our God is a God who lowered God’s self to the point of utter servitude, of washing the feet of sinners and the poor and regular, smelly, grouchy human beings.
This simple verse from the Psalms is the Gospel in fourteen simple words: our God is the Creator of the Universe, and is found right next to us, washing to muck off of our feet. Amen.