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I think a lot about my feet.

I don't mean that I think highly of my feet. Although, they're pretty good-looking, if I do say so! (I like my feet.) But, what I mean is - I think a lot about how my feet feel because I'm on my feet for so long each day.

I catch myself rubbing my feet whenever possible, trying to bring some soothing relief from the aches. I think about my shoes and how worn out they get. A friend blessed me with several pairs of working shoes (tennis shoes). I alternate them until they become too worn out to wear. They have been such a blessing!

As I massage my feet, I can't help but think about the feet of Jesus. I think about all that his feet went through in his lifetime here on earth - silencing my temporary aches in this world.

The feet of Jesus not only traveled to those in need of His teaching, miracles and love, but He put Himself at the feet of the disciples, giving us such a beautiful example of servitude and humility while displaying His desire for us to be with Him - washed and clean - forgiven and joined with Him.

John 13:3-5, "Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him."

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like." ~ Augustine

Image of bare feet walking on a dirt road, with the sun ahead on the path.

These are the feet of our Savior, born from Heaven to save us.

* These are the feet that most likely took their first steps on dirt or grass - barefoot with the dusty, rough ground under them.

* These are the feet that ran back and forth as a child.

* These feet carried Him to Jerusalem for the feast when He was 12 and then lingered behind in the temple. (Luke 2:41-46)

* These are the feet that were washed in the water of the rivers.

* These are the feet that John the Baptist did not feel worthy enough to unstrap the sandals of. (Matthew 3)

* These are the feet that served others. (John 6:1-13)

* These are the feet that walked on water. (Matthew 14:22-33)

* These are the feet that knelt to wash the feet of others, preparing them spiritually for the road ahead. (John 13:2-17)

* These are the feet that stood before His line of accusers rather than running from them. (Matthew 27:1-14)

* These are the feet that blood dripped on as He carried the cross.

* These are the feet that were nailed to the cross.

* These are the feel that, 3 days later, left the grave they were put in. (Matthew 28:5-10)

* These are the feet and the hands that bore the holes from the nails (John 20:19-28).

* These are the feet that walked the road next to His followers after His resurrection (Luke 24:13-16)

* These are the feet that brought fish and cooked breakfast for His disciples. (John 21:4-13)

* These are the feet that ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50-53).

Please pray with me:

Lord, as I am physically reminded of my own feet, let me reflect on Your feet here on earth. Let me remember the many steps You traveled to reach others. Let me remember how You knelt down to wash the feet of others. Let me remember how Your feet were washed in the oil, tears and gratitude of a woman who truly understood why You were here. Let me remember that, with each step that I take, I am meant to live a life worthy of Your Name. I am meant to live a life forgiving, willing to dust off my feet from those who aren't accepting, but also feet willing to go to the places where others hesitate to go. I praise You for giving me all the examples You've laid out in Your Word. Thank You for loving me so much that You were pierced for my sins and died for my salvation. Thank You for leading the way down the narrow road, so that I may follow. I praise You, Lord. Amen

Walking behind Jesus,

Sarah Jane

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