Ever since I have known her, Sheila has wanted a tattoo. Well…its been a long time coming, but she finally has not one, but two.
On her left foot is the greek word karis, a word that is translated in our English New Testaments as “grace.”
And on her right foot is the greek word agape, which represents the purest, most unconditional form of love:
Together, they represent two ideas that are shaping the course of her life. They are, at once, statements about the nature of God and statements about her own calling.
During the last few days, I’ve been asked several times about whether I like them. And my answer has always been an unqualified “yes!” They are kind-of cool, kind-of sexy, and yet also appeal to the bible-nerd side of my personality all at once. I love them.
Plus, ever since Sheila told me what she was planning, a phrase from Paul’s letter to the Romans has been turning over and over in my mind. It is, simply, this:
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!