Shoes in Church

Posted: Julie 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

church 1I showered and shaved … I adjusted my tie.

I got there and sat … In a pew just in time.

Bowing my head in prayer … As I closed my eyes.

I saw the shoes of the man next to me… Touched my own. I sighed.

With plenty of room on either side… I thought, Why must our soles Touched?

It bothered me, his shoes touching mine … But it didn’t bother him much.

A prayer began: Our Father ….. I thought, This man with the Shoes, has no pride.

They’re dusty, worn and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the Side!

Thank you for blessings, the prayer went on.

The shoe man said… A quiet ‘Amen’

I tried to focus on the prayer … But my thoughts were on his shoes again.

Aren’t we supposed to look our best. When walking through that door?

Well, this certainly isn’t it, I thought, Glancing towards the floor.

Then the prayer was ended… And the songs of praise began.

The shoe man was certainly loud … Sounding proud as he sang.

His voice lifted the rafters… His hands were raised high.

The Lord could surely hear. The shoe man’s voice from the sky..

It was time for the offering… And what I threw in was steep.

I watched as the shoe man reached… Into his pocket so deep.

I saw what was pulled out… What the shoe man put in.

Then I heard a soft ‘clink’ as when the silver hits tin.

The sermon really bored me… To tears, and that’s no lie.

It was the same for the shoe man… For tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of the service… As is the custom here.

We must greet visitors, AND show them all good cheer.

But I felt moved somehow… And wanted to meet the shoe man.

So after the closing prayer… I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark… And his hair was truly a mess.

But I thanked him for coming… For being our guest.

He said, My names, Charlie… I’m glad to meet you, my friend,

There were tears in his eyes… But he had a large, wide grin.

Let me explain, he said… Wiping tears from his eyes.

I’ve been coming here for months… And you’re the first to say ‘Hi”

I know that my appearance… Is not like all the rest.

But I really do try… To always look my best.

I always clean and polish my shoes, Before my very long walk.

But by the time I get here… They’re dirty and dusty, like Chalk.

My heart filled with pain… And I swallowed to hide my tears.

As he continued to apologize… for daring to sit near me.

He said, When I get here… I know I must look a sight.

But I thought if I could touch you…, Then maybe our souls might unite.

I was silent for a moment… Knowing whatever was said.

Would pale a comparison… I spoke from my heart, not my head.

Oh, you’ve touched me, I said… And taught me , in part:

That the best of any man… Is what is found in his heart.

The rest I thought,…. This shoe man will never know.

Like just how thankful I really am… That his dirty old shoe touched my Soul

You are Special to me and you have made a difference in my life and truly

cherish you. Thank you for being who you are.

No mattr how often you talk, or how close you are, Let old friends know you haven’t forgotten them

and tell new friends you never will.

Remember everyone needs a friend.

Someday you might feel like you have no friends at all.

Someone out there cares about you … And always will.

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  1. BB sê:

    Parkes!! What a beautiful blog you have here??!! Om die een of ander rede nog nooit hier ko’ inloer nie – sal nou meer so maak… jou inspirationals is awesome!! x

  2. parkes1 sê:

    BB dankie ek hoop jou loer nou gereeld hier in

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