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Dear child, while your body’s lim­i­ta­tions will re­quire you to ac­cept help from oth­ers, you’re mis­un­der­stand­ing a beau­ti­ful truth: Re­ceiv­ing the gift of kind­ness that an­other of­fers does not de­mean you—it lifts both you and your neigh­bor higher, mov­ing you to­ward your Fa­ther’s king­dom.

Did you ever play

Leap Frog when you were young? The only way the group can move for­ward is to fully give (by lean­ing over) and fully re­ceive (by leap­ing over oth­ers to get to the front of the line). This al­ter­na­tion of roles moves the en­tire group for­ward leap by leap, turn by turn.

Now imag­ine that one of those chil­dren be­comes ret­i­cent about re­ly­ing on oth­ers in the form of lean­ing on them so as to leap over them: The progress of the en­tire group is halted. This is why I ask you to hum­ble your­self and ac­cept help as freely as you give: When you do, you strengthen the bonds of lov­ing com­pas­sion that pull you and oth­ers closer to your Fa­ther and to Me.

Let’s strengthen the bonds be­tween us now: Send Me a surge of joy­ful, child­like love so the Holy Spirit can bring you My love in an­swer. Open your heart to let this rich­ness flood in. As you ac­cept the gifts of love and com­fort the Spirit brings, feel your spirit lift and move closer to Me. Rest in our com­mu­nion for five min­utes, and you’ll emerge both lighter and stronger. Thank you for shar­ing the beauty of giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing with Me.

—John 13:8 NASB

Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Je­sus an­swered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

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