May 31, 2017

Article at Authory

The Feet of the Poor

Do you ever find yourself wondering if someone begging by the side of the road really is needy? You shouldn't, of course. The circumstances that brought them there are none of your business. But ... there is a pretty good way to confirm that this person you meet is in need.

The other day I was stopped at a light beside a very young woman, probably no more than 30, who was holding a sign that said "Anything helps." I dug into my laundry money jar and gave her some money. She thanked me and went back to sit on the curb. I happened to look down and saw her feet. She was wearing thin flip-flops, and her feet were deeply tanned and calloused to the point of looking burnt to a crisp. She had the feet of an 80-year-old woman.

Ever since then, I've been looking at the feet of panhandlers, and by and large, their feet tell their story. Which leads me to think this was one more reason our Lord washed his disciples' feet: to encourage us to pay attention to the feet of the poor.

(Image: Man wearing worn-out boots; iStock / Used with license.)