Roman’s 10:14-15 NRSV
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
When is it ever bad to add beauty to the world?
Feet are not something that commonly are considered beautiful. When Paul talks about the members of the body that are less honorable (1 Corinthians 12:23) feet may be quick to come to mind. But Paul also talks about how honor and beauty are added by God, and the tasks that God gives are one of the ways in which this is accomplished. And so when I think about feet and beauty, I think about how Jesus washing the disciples feet (John 13). In this story, feet become intimately bound up in Jesus sacrificial humility and love. At the Last Supper, Jesus made feet emblems of service.
I also think about the ways that worn and bruised feet themselves can be signs of grace and deliverance. I imagine the feet of women who walk miles barefoot to carry water for their families to consume. I remember feet that have carried people hundreds and thousands of miles from places of warfare to safety. And I must not forget the feet of Paul himself, who traversed the Roman Empire again and again, in order to carry the news of Jesus and God’s love to others. Those feet must have been covered by calluses and dust, and carried more then their fair share of bruises and broken nails, but when we consider how they came to that condition, the service that they represent…
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!