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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Beautiful feet

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

 “The word is near you,   on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” ~ Romans 10: 5-15

My feet are not beautiful. I mean, at least I don't think so. I have cracked heels and a big callus on one of my toes. I've got an ingrown toenail and plantar fasciitis that makes it hurt to walk without arch supports.

I've allowed myself to see my feet as passably pretty on the times where I've splurged and gotten a pedicure.

But my feet are not beautiful.

I've known some really beautiful feet, however.

Feet that danced in the dirt of Tanzania to the sounds of hymns being sung in Swahili.

Feet that were worn and tired after standing all day serving food to those who were hungry.

Feet that got swollen from running a race to raise money for a charity.

Feet that carried a visitor to see someone who was lonely.

Feet that marched with other feet to protest the lack of civil rights for a marginalized group.

And feet that carried good news to a hurting world in need.

Carry my feet to spread your good news of love to those who need to hear it most. Amen

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