When it is frosty and cold outside, and staying inside whenever I can, I can say I want my toes warm. It is the time of year when I really appreciate my slippers- you might say they give me “happy feet”. Wherever we are, and wherever we go, we can have our feet shod with the gospel of peace. That would give us happy feet at all times!
Who were the first people to try on the gospel shoes? Maybe we could say it was the shepherds who first heard it from the angels from glory, or maybe we could say it was the wise men who inquired at Herod’s Court, or perhaps it was Anna the prophetess, who “spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. ” Today, it can be us; we can have our own pair of gospel shoes and “happy feet”.
…your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
We have the best news in all the world and Christmas time is made for sharing it. It should wrap every gift, and tie every encounter with a thread of joy and a wrapping of goodwill. We are the people of good will. Sharing the reconciliation of the peace of mankind with our Father God, through this miracle of Jesus.
I hope you have some warm slippers this season, but most of all I hope you have the gospel of Christ to venture forth in… put on your shoes of peace to men of good will; be ready to share the hope that is in you.
And if you don’t have that hope, Jesus Christ has a present waiting just for you… come and receive it so you, too, can wear some gospel shoes of your own.
At our house we sing a song at the beginning of the Advent devotions: “It Only Takes a Spark”:
It only takes a spark, to get a fire going.
And soon all those around, can warm up it it’s glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it, it’s fresh like spring, you want to sing, you want to pass it on.
I wish for you my friend
this happiness that I’ve found
You can depend on him
It matters not where your bound.
I’ll shout it from the mountain tops
I want the world to know
The Lord of Life has come to me
I want to pass it on.
That is the “carol” for today.
The Jesse tree ornament is a heart.