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Beautiful Feet?

My feet are hardly beautiful.  Functional, yes.  But beautiful - NOT!  My feet have always been funny looking - long, narrow with long toes - poet's feet.  "I am a poet, but I don't know it, but my feet show it, for they are long-fellows".  As I have grown older and developed bunions, and with the onset of neuropathy due to Type II Diabetes, caring for my feet is something I am a little more conscious of than in the past.  Still, putting lotion on them seems really weird and less than manly, but I try to do what my doctor tells me.

In Romans 10 today Paul exhorts in a cheerful voice "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!".  Recently our evening Lay School OT class considering Servanthood heard in Isaiah 52:7 - "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!".

Today's meditation raised the question, "If your life is a sermon, what did you just preach today?".  I believe in the ministry of presence.  The thing about a ministry of presence is that your feet must get you there.  It is not so much really what you know, but rather that you go, when and where.  And it is even less about what you say, but more of what you did once you got there.  "Preach the Gospel all ways; when necessary, use words".  I read recently Mark Hall's inspiration for writing the Casting Crowns' song, "Set Me Free", was that Jesus accomplished much of what he did in ministry while he was 'on the way' to wherever he was going.  Not passing by, not looking ahead and beyond, but rather by living in the moment, for that moment alone.  Ministering to those he met, any that came to him, regardless of himself, his agenda, or his destination.  The journey was the purpose for Him.  And his feet carried him.    

I will see where my feet carry me.  I pray, wherever I go, that my ego would lay low so God can make good use of me for His glory only. 

"O Lord Jesus Christ, head of the mystical body, Thy Church, of which we are the members, cleanse our eyes to see for Thee, quicken our ears to hear for Thee, open our lips to show forth Thy praise, give our hands skill to do what Thou biddest, make our feet swift to go whither Thou guidest. that Thy Kingdom may come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and for Thy love's sake.  Amen."   

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