Scripture: Isaiah 52:1-12
Key verse: (7) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Reflection: Take a moment to imagine the scene that the prophet Isaiah offers to us. Israel has been conquered and has been in exile in Babylon. Word comes that the people may now leave Babylon and return home to the city of Jerusalem. A messenger runs from Babylon to Jerusalem to bring this good news to those who have stayed behind. Everyone is coming home! God is victorious over the worldly powers of Babylon! God is faithful and hasn’t abandoned us! God is our Savior!
The sentinels on the walls of ruined Jerusalem are at their observation posts, watching for a messenger to come from far away. When they see this messenger running from Babylon, they know it’s good news. The messenger’s feet are beautiful to see, running with joy and excitement to share this announcement.
When have you seen the beautiful feet of a messenger bringing good news? My brothers claim that they knew my father’s excitement when I was born from the sound of his feet flying up the steps of the house to their bedrooms to tell them.
How beautiful are the feet of the messenger! How beautiful is the smile of the messenger, how beautiful are the open arms of the messenger ready to embrace and welcome, how beautiful are the hands of the messenger who reaches out to lift us up. Good news of peace, of salvation, of God’s presence and God’s welcome and God’s faithfulness.
May you have beautiful feet today, carrying a message of good news to those around you.
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Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for the messengers in my life who have brought me your good news. Make me a messenger, eager and excited to share your good news with those who long and wait to hear it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].