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From: lonesomdove1Nov-4 6:24 PM 
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 11738.1 

Shoes in Church

I 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 shoe of the man next to me....... Touching my own. I sighed.

With plenty of room on either side......... I thought, 'Why must our soles touch?'

It bothered me, his shoe 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 toward 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 pockets so deep.

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

Then I heard a soft 'clink' as when 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 new 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 name’s 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 so near

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 in 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.

Live each day as your last, for we never know our time here on earth. Love and Peace My Friends and remember that it is not how we look on the outside but how we look within .

 
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From: _Archangel61 (Archangel61) DelphiPlus Member IconNov-4 7:14 PM 
To: lonesomdove1  (2 of 8) 
 11738.2 in reply to 11738.1 

really greatpost dove, thank you.

 

 
From: lonesomdove1Nov-4 9:31 PM 
To: _Archangel61 (Archangel61) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 8) 
 11738.3 in reply to 11738.2 

I'm happy that you liked it Angel

 

 

 

 

Dove

 

 
From: Bunny (fwigginbunny) DelphiPlus Member IconNov-4 11:50 PM 
To: lonesomdove1  (4 of 8) 
 11738.4 in reply to 11738.1 

Thank you for posting this Dove,
A very touching and meaningful writing.



 

 

 
From: OLRON (VN1600) DelphiPlus Member IconNov-5 5:11 AM 
To: _Archangel61 (Archangel61) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 8) 
 11738.5 in reply to 11738.2 

Awesome!!!!!!!! You just touched a lot of us, I'm sure.

I have an  experience to share.

In 2000 I was having dinner at Applebees in Portland,Maine when I observed a young couple with 2 children eating just a hamberger. I noticed that they a little worse for wear in the clothing department. I told the waitress that I would cover whatever they ordered but to not devulge my identity. Just last year I was having lunch at Applebees n Biddeford,  Maine and the same thing happened to me. Some couple saw me sitting alone having my meal and when I asked for the check, was told it was covered.

The moral of this story is, "What goes around, comes around".

 

 
From: pom_44 DelphiPlus Member IconNov-5 5:55 AM 
To: lonesomdove1  (6 of 8) 
 11738.6 in reply to 11738.1 

Wonderful dove ... brought tears to my eyes xxx

                                        
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From: KL75 (KristenLynn_) DelphiPlus Member IconNov-9 5:42 PM 
To: lonesomdove1  (7 of 8) 
 11738.7 in reply to 11738.1 

I absolutely love this! Thank you for sharing.

sox2 Swinger Kristen
 

 
From: Sassy (MrsSassy) DelphiPlus Member IconNov-19 4:28 PM 
To: lonesomdove1  (8 of 8) 
 11738.8 in reply to 11738.1 

What an AWESOME post! thanks so much for sharing it with the world!

Sassy

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