A few weeks back, I wrote about how Peter objected to having his feet washed by Jesus1 (John 13). Certainly one of the reasons Peter balks is the same reason most of us object to Jesus’ touch —shame. We don’t want someone else — least of all God — to “touch” our guilt. But as Jesus tells Peter, we must accept his “touch”— it is the only way we can have a part with him. We have to let him serve us, we have to let him wash us, because only he has the power to forgive sins, to heal wounds, to restore meaning and purpose, to make us clean.