Friday, October 31, 2014

What do your feet do?

JOSHUA 3:14-17
When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.
who knew feet were so powerful?!

Is that why you knelt at the feet
of your disciples to wash them?

Is that why you praised the woman
who anointed your feet with tears, kisses, & oil
then wiped them with her hair?

Is that why you said Mary was doing the better part
as she sat at your feet and listened?

Is that why Ruth uncovered Boaz's feet?

Is that why the prophet Isaiah writes,
"How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'" Isaiah 52:7 ?

I'm reminded of what Teresa of Avila wrote:
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,

I wonder, Lord,
what do my feet do?

May my feet carry me to the places that need your grace.
May my feet move me to places that need your Good News.
May my feet make a mark where you need me most.
May my feet change the flow of the raging waters
that separate the Children of God from the Promises of God.

May it be so today.

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