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Lenten Devotional – Day 18 – Beautiful Feet

Scripture:  Romans 10:14–15

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Do you have beautiful feet?

Like the Devil in the musical “Damn Yankees”, I always wear shoes and avoid open sandals because I have a corn on one foot and an ugly nail on the other. But recently I discovered that I have beautiful feet.

This spring my wife and I attended a funeral service of a former parishioner.  There were many family members and friends gathered by the grave but I
didn’t see our current pastor. Instead, Ellen’s sister led the service. When she invited others to witness, I hesitated but felt led to share how much Ellen had meant to us at church, her kindness to me and my wife, her two nieces, and the little children on her school bus. Her sister then said something that I did not hear clearly.

Later my wife told me that she had said, “He’s the preacher who led Ellen to Christ.”  In over 40 years of ordained ministry and as an adjunct seminary
professor who has taught dozens of men and women who now preach the Gospel, I have been blessed and honored in many ways. But I had never heard anyone say that about me – that I had led them to Christ.

You don’t have to be a preacher to share the Good News of God’s love in Christ.  You too can have beautiful feet.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to be beautiful messengers of your grace and mercy. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

  – William Nash “Bill” Wade | Strasburg, Virginia

 

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