Maundy Thursday: Reflections from Rev. Turner

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 31, 2021

The events of the Thursday before Jesus’ death and resurrection are recounted each year by Christians around the world in an observance known as Maundy Thursday.  In the evening Jesus stooped to wash the feet of his disciples, ate a last meal with them, instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, gave them final instructions, was betrayed and arrested.   

Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum from which we get our word “mandate.”  On that Thursday evening, Jesus gave his disciples a new command.  “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:34)

Jesus did not leave us to wonder what our love for one another should be like.  Gail O’Day writes, “..the foot washing reveals the promise of full relationship with God and Jesus that is offered to those whom Jesus loves.  By washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus enters into an intimate relationship with the disciples that mirrors the intimacy of his relationship with God.”  Here Jesus is “host and intimate servant.”  As his disciples, we are to be humble servants of one another and for him.  As his disciples, our love for one another should mirror Jesus’ love for God and his love for us.  


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident