Summer has arrived!
Neighborhood pools have opened. Squeals of delight fill the air as children enjoy the cool water of June before the brutal heat of August makes swimming feel much like taking a bath. Beach towels are scattered around my home as evidence that our family has been part of the pool festivities.
Something else is showing up as evidence of summer.
Flip flops and sandals adorn feet everywhere. Pretty pedicured toes complement summer fashions all around town.
Which brings me to this week’s sentence prayer: Lord, give me beautiful feet!
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
In God’s eyes, beautiful feet are those that transport the good news of Jesus Christ wherever they go.
People don’t become Christ followers by spending time with a nice person or seeing a cross necklace around someone’s neck. People become Christ followers when they hear the good news about Jesus Christ from someone who uses their feet to go places and then opens their mouth to engage in a conversation about Jesus Christ.
This week, this is my prayer.
Please join me in praying all week long
— a one-sentence prayer as we walk through our week —
Lord, give me beautiful feet!
Go ahead and get a pedicure to make sure your feet look their best in your summer shoes. Just don’t forget; the pretty polish doesn’t make your feet beautiful…
but rather your mouth that proclaims good news wherever your feet take you.
My week began with the most amazing Memorial Day ceremony of my life: Presentation of the colors, an amazing speaker, essays read by local students, bagpipes, doves released into the air, the reading of the name of each fallen soldier from our area, and taps played in duet. I am so thankful Memorial Day weekend was more to me this year than an extra day off for relaxation or shopping. I was appropriately sober-minded and grateful for all who have fought and died for this country.
This week, my hydrangeas and gardenias bloomed. I am beyond thrilled. In addition, I attended the most amazing garden party in celebration of a friend’s retirement at which even the cupcakes bloomed. Aren’t they beautiful?
But nothing made me smile more than the face of my son who turned 12 this week.
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