"…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." (Ephesians 6:15)

My husband is not a shopper. But the sneakers he'd had for a long time had seen their day. He decided to bite the bullet and go for it, make a trip to the store and get some new sneakers before our trip.

The weather was gorgeous. We couldn't wait to get on our walking shoes and get going. Not too far into the hike, Ben said "You know, these shoes are kind of bothering me! They feel sort of tight or something."

We moved on. The sky was so clear, the air so cool, the trees so golden and glorious, that there was little thought given to the shoes again. Until we got back to where we were staying.

He peeled off his new shoes and socks, to discover not only an ugly blister rubbed on his heel, but also a bone bruise by his large toe. My husband's shoes were too small; the injuries he sustained took all week to heal.

In the sixth chapter of Ephesians, Paul tells us how to put on the armor of God. He says "wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God". Other versions say "sandals of peace".

If I am not walking in peace, I'm not wearing the best walking shoes available. Thank you, Lord, the shoes you provide for us are not too small, not too tight, but rather always a perfect fit.

That's good news.

Irish Thursday Inspirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy
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