These Boots


As a young girl I wanted white go-go boots. They were what the popular kids wore. Nancy Sinatra made them “famous” to a young child with her song from 1966, These Boots are Made for Walking,’ and I had my heart set on getting them. My parents scrimped and managed to buy them for me as a birthday gift. I recall wearing those boots proudly. I smile thinking about them. Looking back, they really were not that cool, and I really had no one I desired to “walk all over,” but to this girl in the early 70’s they were very special.

These days, I also enjoy wearing boots. While my boots are made for walkin’, they look quite different from my first ones. I have cute black boots, rustic brown boots and some short, tan, fur-topped ankle boots that I wear from time to time. However, the best boots for the winter weather we are experiencing these days are my soft, fuzzy, snow boots.

Wearing these boots on cold, snowy days in the mile-high city of Denver keeps my feet warm and my steps certain and steady. Pulling these boots on my sock-clad feet is the first step in assuring that I will travel safely and arrive at my destination each day.

The grief journey also requires that we protect and prepare our feet in order to maneuver the rocky and harsh terrain we encounter along the way. Scripture tells us to put on the armor of God. Some of the pieces listed are: “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:14, 15 NIV)

The God’s Word translation explains this last portion as to “Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace.” While we have days that are difficult, confusing, and exhausting, we can also know the calmness of peace. Because of God’s love for us and the gift of life we can choose through Jesus Christ, it is possible to travel grief with a feeling of peace. In order to do so though, we must be willing to have our feet fitted and readied. With proper foot-wear for life, we can be assured to eventually arrive at our destination – the other side of grief.

What are you wearing today? Are you more worried about the fashionable look that is popular with the world? Or will you dress your feet wisely in order to endure the travel ahead on your journey of grief? Remember, these boots are made for walkin’, but that does not mean you need to walk alone. God has promised to always be with us. Sit down, pull on those boots and move forward with confidence in God’s strength and peace.

Until next time –