IMG_5013 DSC_8119 IMG_3049Strangely, my family has a thing with feet.

This month, James jammed his toe in between the mats at our martial arts studio.  It’s not broken, but it’s sprained.  The doctor told him to stay off it for one month.  So my usually handy husband is on crutches this Christmas season.

Last December, I dropped a pyrex lid right on my foot.  That resulted in a trip to urgent care and several stitches.

A few years before that, I fell in a hole on a hike and sprained my ankle (crutches for me that time).

Several years ago, Ethan broke his leg using our spin bike (let’s just say he wasn’t using it correctly!).

As you can see, we have quite a family album of foot injuries just from the past few years.

What in the world does this have to do with Christmas?

Well, I can’t help but think that these injuries show us how weak we are.  How just the tiniest thing like a toe can impede our progress.  How without the strength that comes from God, we simply cannot take that next step.

Acts 17:28 says, “For in Him, we live and move and have our being.”

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

If your feet are weary this Christmas season from the shopping, driving, and baking, bring them to Jesus.  He came to bring peace to your soul.  Rest to your feet.  Tranquility to your storm.

He came to lift your spirits when you are depressed.  He came to heal the brokenness in your heart.  He came as your Savior.

If God is for us, who can be against us?

I’m sure Mary and Joseph had aching feet as they traveled to Bethlehem.  Take heart that the first Christmas story had a tired, pregnant woman with aching feet in a starring role.  God’s got His eye on you.  He sees you and your weariness.  And He sent His Son to redeem your life and fill you with joy.

So, crutches or no crutches, enjoy this season of Christmas!




Arlene Pellicane

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