The Beauty of Good News

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
Isaiah 52: 7a

A traveller’s foot would not normally be considered a thing of beauty. Even modern socks and shoes do not protect feet from grime or wear as we walk in a world as rough, hard, and dirty as it is fallen. When I used to do long distance backpacking, my feet would first blister and bleed, and then develop layered callouses in thick pads. Yuck. Ugly. But things can take on a beauty not directly related to the way they look. A pair of blue jeans long past mending that we have developed a relationship with. A chipped bowl that is your first choice when you are baking rather than the equally usable new bowl next to it. When I think of the places these feet have taken me, I am dazzled by their design and durability, and that makes them beautiful to me. To be beautiful to others, there has to be something more. There has to be a qualifying attribute. When we dedicate our selves to delivering the Good News we become beautiful. Our feet, our hands, our lips, even our back sides that allow us drive to someplace/someone, and then allow us to sit patiently and tell the Good News – all become beautiful because of what they are doing, not because of the way they look.
~Brian Vander Haak

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