Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You….
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step, You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days.
(Lyrics by Rich Mullins)
Tradition tells us that there was a special blessing in Jesus’ time that went: “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” In the first century, a rabbi’s students would follow him along the dusty roads of ancient Israel and would be covered by the dust kicked up by their rabbi’s feet as he led them. These followers traveled with their rabbis just as the disciples followed Jesus from place to place. Think about the stories of the gospels – Jesus calls the disciples to follow Him – and they drop everything to follow. Jesus walks from village to village, teaching, preaching, healing, and the disciples follow him, step by step in their well-worn sandals, hoping to gain some of His wisdom, his spirit, his power, his love.
Hence this ancient blessing, which meant that not only may you follow your teacher, but may you follow so closely that you are covered with the dust of His feet.
Friends may you follow the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life so closely, you are covered with the dust of his feet.
With Fall Blessings,