A Spiritual Pedicure
by Tom Goodman
October 8, 2008
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Every March, Montpelier hosts a very unusual contest. Challengers arrive in the Vermont town to compete in the International Rotten Sneaker Contest.
Sponsored by the Odor-Eaters company, contestant's athletic shoes are judged in such categories as frayed laces, floppy soles, tattered body, and, of course, stench. This year's winner was fifteen-year-old Benjamin Russell, who took home the grand
prize with a pair of two year-old sneakers that nearly caused the judges to pass out.
I guess you could say that, among all the contestants, he "out-ranked" them all.
Sad to say, but a lot of us in here would be hot contenders for that prize, because our feet aren't very beautiful. At least, not the way the Bible defines beautiful feet.
Isaiah 52:7 says, "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news." According to that passage, it's not what your feet look like or smell like that make them beautiful. Instead, it's what your feet are doing that make them
beautiful. Feet that bring good news are beautiful feet. In ancient days, there was no way to phone, fax, e-mail, or text. Messages were taken by runner.
In his imagination, Isaiah sees a messenger speeding across the hills toward Jerusalem, shouting the news that God was on his way to reign from Zion. That was good news in Isaiah's day. When Isaiah 52 was first recorded, Jerusalem was in ruins, the
temple was destroyed, and the leading citizens had been marched into exile. Into that gloom came this message of hope: "I see a messenger who does not walk with plodding steps bringing bad news. No, but his feet are beautiful -- they skip, they
dance, they race excitedly across the hills carrying a messenger with the good news of salvation!"
According to Isaiah 52, then, those who share the glory of God with others have beautiful feet.
This Sunday, we're offering a spiritual pedicure for anyone who wants his or her feet to be a bit more beautiful for God. Come this Sunday to learn how to be more effective at communicating God's Good News to your friends. We meet at 9:30am and 10:45am for one more Sunday!
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