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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 17, 2012 - Barefoot Walking

By Bradley A. Mattrisch

One of my fears as a kid was to walk barefoot outdoors, so I didn’t even try like my siblings. As a person with a disability, I need the support my shoes and braces give to help me ambulate with my walker. My feet were also very sensitive as a youngster, making standing on some surfaces difficult. Recently, I decided to try taking a shoeless stroll outdoors in grass and sand. I was surprised to enjoy it!

Barefoot walking speaks to me of bigger things, such as rediscovering a deeper sensitivity for the needs around us. Every day, we pass by those who need God’s loving touch and assume others are caring for them. As time passes, they blend into the background, and we forget their need for grace. In the popular song “Give Me Your Eyes,” Brandon Heath asks God to give him eyes to see hurting humanity. Incredible blessings come when we lay aside our assumptions and see others as God sees them. It’s kind of like taking off our shoes and rediscovering the cool grass or sand.

The Bible tells the story about how the Jews who survived the exile struggled greatly. Hanani shared with his brother Nehemiah how Jerusalem’s wall was broken and the gates had been burned. This unfortunate news tugged on Nehemiah’s heart and led him to prayer (Nehemiah 1:1-11). God burdened Nehemiah’s heart to come alongside his fellow Jews and help them to rebuild the wall. With much determination, they finished the wall in the face of strong opposition. It was truly the hand of God that made the difference! Once God had Nehemiah “take off his shoes” and reconnect with the challenges his people faced, Nehemiah responded in effective obedience.

Barefoot walking, because it is so unnatural for me, also reminds me of the need to trust God and follow Him into new areas of service. Although I once thought traveling would be challenging, God is using me to share across the United States about how He wants to take something difficult, such as a disability, and reveal His glory. In the process, God burdens my heart for people who may not have disabilities but face challenges nonetheless. I’m so glad the Lord is our strength no matter the difficulty.

May the Lord open your heart and fill it with compassion for those who need His touch today. God will use you powerfully as you do some “barefoot walking” in His grace and strength.

— Bradley A. Mattrisch is national coordinator of support ministries for Special Touch Ministry.

 

 

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