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Sep 6, 2008 12:52 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
hollandgirl
hollandgirlhollandgirlSomewhere in Canada. B.C., British Columbia Canada711 Threads 6,072 Posts




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 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 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

You are special to me and you have made a difference in my life.

I respect you, and truly cherish you.




teddybear
Sep 7, 2008 12:17 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
Loner1960
Loner1960Loner1960St. Alphonse, Manitoba Canada17 Threads 549 Posts
Nice
I am sure, that both of these people, are in many of us.
Sep 7, 2008 12:50 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
kidatheart
kidatheartkidatheartFruitvale, British Columbia Canada33 Threads 24,897 Posts
Why can't it be the person you meet in Safeway, or your neighbour, or any other random person you come across?

sad flower
Sep 7, 2008 11:10 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
KHD100
KHD100KHD100Edmonton, Alberta Canada165 Threads 3 Polls 4,065 Posts
That was beautiful Hollandgirl, and very true.
Sep 7, 2008 1:26 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
CalgaryDude
CalgaryDudeCalgaryDudeCalgary, Alberta Canada1 Threads 70 Posts
Hollandgirl.
OF ALL I READ IN HERE THIS IS THE MOST TOUCHING,I WORK WITH STREET TEENS PART TIME,MAY I SOW THIS TO MKY PASTORS AND A FEW SNOBS IN MY CHURCH?
PHIL
Sep 7, 2008 1:27 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
CalgaryDude
CalgaryDudeCalgaryDudeCalgary, Alberta Canada1 Threads 70 Posts
SORRY FOR THE TYPOS.ITS HARD TO SPELL WITH WET EYES
Sep 7, 2008 1:40 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
hollandgirl
hollandgirlhollandgirlSomewhere in Canada. B.C., British Columbia Canada711 Threads 6,072 Posts
kidatheart: Why can't it be the person you meet in Safeway, or your neighbour, or any other random person you come across?


Of course it could be anywhere.
Sorry but I did not write this story.

teddybear
Sep 7, 2008 1:42 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
hollandgirl
hollandgirlhollandgirlSomewhere in Canada. B.C., British Columbia Canada711 Threads 6,072 Posts
CalgaryDude: Hollandgirl.
OF ALL I READ IN HERE THIS IS THE MOST TOUCHING,I WORK WITH STREET TEENS PART TIME,MAY I SOW THIS TO MKY PASTORS AND A FEW SNOBS IN MY CHURCH?
PHIL


You sure can do, be my guest, but pleazzz don't "shout" at me. (using caps)


teddybear
Sep 7, 2008 10:09 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
CalgaryDude
CalgaryDudeCalgaryDudeCalgary, Alberta Canada1 Threads 70 Posts
I just had an eye operation and at times need to use caps.Please understand the blurriness I have,my eye slowly healing but can take up to two weeks more.
Philgrin
Sep 8, 2008 12:42 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
elliegirl
elliegirlelliegirlbrisbane, Queensland Australia15 Posts
nice one h girl,as you can see i made it here, thanks for the url my friendhandshake
Sep 8, 2008 2:05 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
hollandgirl
hollandgirlhollandgirlSomewhere in Canada. B.C., British Columbia Canada711 Threads 6,072 Posts
elliegirl: nice one h girl,as you can see i made it here, thanks for the url my friend


Love you Ellie so good to see you on here.

teddybear
Sep 8, 2008 2:07 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
hollandgirl
hollandgirlhollandgirlSomewhere in Canada. B.C., British Columbia Canada711 Threads 6,072 Posts
hollandgirl: Love you Ellie so good to see you on here.


Ellie ik ben het meest aan de andere kant veel meer plezier het is naast the Canadese aan de rechter kant.

teddybear
Sep 8, 2008 2:56 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
elliegirl
elliegirlelliegirlbrisbane, Queensland Australia15 Posts
ja weet ik dat lollaugh
Sep 8, 2008 11:01 AM CST The old man's dirty shoes
hollandgirl
hollandgirlhollandgirlSomewhere in Canada. B.C., British Columbia Canada711 Threads 6,072 Posts
CalgaryDude: I just had an eye operation and at times need to use caps.Please understand the blurriness I have,my eye slowly healing but can take up to two weeks more.
Phil


Sorry about that Phil hope your eyes will soon get better in the meantime go and CAP all you need to do.
Was it cateracts?
I need this too but not until next year.
Can you read the smaller print?


teddybear
Sep 12, 2008 2:51 PM CST The old man's dirty shoes
CalgaryDude
CalgaryDudeCalgaryDudeCalgary, Alberta Canada1 Threads 70 Posts
I HAD A FLUKE ACCIDENT OF A SLIVER GETTING IN MY PIPIL WHEN I WAS IN ONE OF THE BAD WIND STORMS WE HAVE BEEN GETTING LATELY.HAD THE CATARACTS DONE 15 YEARS AGO..I CAN READ THE SMALLER PRINT NOW BUT IT WAS HARD A FEW WEEKS AGO,THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING, PHIL[/sizebouquet
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