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Beautiful Feet

Lent 2023

Read Romans 10:14–21

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

"Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world."

19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

"I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry."

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

"I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me."

21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! Romans 10:15

Have you ever really looked at feet? Some are calloused, others dirty, some need a pedicure, others have polished nails and are well kept, and still others have crooked toes. No matter how they look, I don’t know if I would particularly call them “beautiful.” However, our passage today calls feet beautiful. To be fair, it’s a figure of speech that isn’t describing feet themselves, but the arrival of people. But it got me thinking.

When someone brings good news, it is beautiful. Figuratively, it can be “balm to the hurting,” “cool water to the thirsty,” and “food for the hungry.” Good news is always welcome. We have been given the best news of all – the Good News. Jesus, who washed the dirty feet of his disciples, is our Redeemer, our Savior, our conqueror of death, and the giver of eternal life.

Since we have such good news, let’s make our feet “beautiful” and share this Good News with all!


Lord, I praise and thank you for the beautiful feet that brought the Good News to me. Amen.

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