Pray with Your Feet

Abraham Heschel is famous for being a wonderful theologian, scholar, activist, and overall a godly man. When asked about his experience marching with MLK at Selma he responded that he was ‘praying with his feet.’

What an absolutely beautiful statement – standing up for others, marching for what you believe – is, in fact, prayer! Not just what is uttered from our lips but what is also demonstrated by our steps.

I found that through most of life I prayed (with my lips) the Good LORD would make my path smooth – that He’d fill in the potholes of life, detour me around construction, and carry me when times got rough (think: footprints in the sand) – As I’ve grown in my walk (pun intended) I’ve realized that there is another prayer that has begun to resonate more – It is a prayer for the correct feet for the terrain in front of us. Not a prayer that allows us to escape but rather a prayer that allows us to more fully engage in the landscape of life.

Think about the beauty of the animal kingdom and how their feet/paws/claws are perfectly suited for the things that they must traverse and experience…In that same exact way I pray that G_d gives me the right feet for this moment in life that I might be able to continue to pray with my feet.

I want to be a person who prays with my feet. Please join me!

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5 thoughts on “Pray with Your Feet

    1. It struck me in the literalness in which Heschel spoke and the metaphorical-ness of which the (supposed) ancient rabbinic prayer of ‘proper’ feet was expressed…the call to live in the midst of those two spaces.

  1. So…”Not a prayer that allows us to escape but rather a prayer that allows us to more fully engage in the landscape of life.” A great word for me today! 🙂 Thanks

  2. Thank you for the new ways you have opened my eyes to seeing the sacred in the ordinary. This made me think of how the symbolism in Jesus washing the disciple’s feet is in part, how we should prepare ourselves for prayer….practicing humility and forgiveness and cleansing ourselves from the dirt in our lives….so that we can fully engage in the landscape of life.

  3. “Not a prayer that allows us to escape but rather a prayer that allows us to more fully engage in the landscape of life.” Inspiration is beautiful, no? Thank you for making me think (again) Don. Somehow, someway, I am challenged to contemplate being more fully alive, aware, while wholly surrendering to an irresistible Grace. Thank you x 77 my friend! Shine on. His, Chris

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