A Good Day Ends with Dirty Feet

20th Sunday after Pentecost
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 26
Reformation Day
for Sunday, October 30, 2011
lectionary focus: Joshua3:7-17; 1Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew23:1-12

Good morning!

In my family we have a saying, “It’s been a great day if you have a dirt necklace.” You know: when you play so hard, when you work so hard, that at the end of the day you have this line of dirt around your neck that looks like a necklace made of dirt? Ah, those are fun-filled days! And dirt necklaces makes me think about…our shoes. Shoes, shoes, look at all of our shoes! Now that the weather is getting cooler most of us are changing from our summer sandals to our closed-up shoes. Here at church we wear our fancy dress-up shoes. But most of us have a pair of work shoes, too. These are the shoes we wear out working or playing hard; the shoes that get dirty with our work and fun; so dirty that our socks are dirty; and our feet even are dirty!

I think God likes dirty feet. There are lots of “feet” Bible stories: with our feet, under our feet, by our feet, at His feet. In the story today, we see the people of God hiking through the wilderness again. The Lord tells them that He will give them a firm place to walk, that He will make a safe path. But notice that God doesn’t say anything about keeping our feet or our shoes all pretty and clean. God knows that work gets us dirty, especially our shoes and feet. If our feet stay clean all the time, then we must be sitting around not doing much work or play. And God wants us to work hard to help each other. It sounds odd to say go out there and get dirty, but it is through hard work that we all improve and get better at being God’s children. So when you clean your feet each evening, rejoice that you have dirty feet! Rejoice that you are working hard to live a life for God!

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You for my feet.
Guide my feet
on Your safe path.
Help me
to help others.
And let me rejoice
when my help
gives me dirty feet!
Amen

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