Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Taking Off My Shoes (more often than Mr. Rogers)


In my last post I talked about respectfully approaching God and seeking His presence. I used a portion of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, which I will include again, because, well it’s awesome. So to recap, here it is:

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes;
The rest sit ’round it and pluck blackberries

My sister-in-law pointed out that where she lives it is common practice to take off your shoes when entering someone’s home. A lot of Middle Eastern countries have this practice as a sign of respect before entering a home or mosque. She mentions it is also a very humbling gesture. As well as giving me the above picture (thank you, Pri) she also had thought provoking follow-up questions that prompted this second post about (more…)

Taking Off My Shoes


As I am making an effort to focus on God’s Spirit and goodness, the above words from poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning kind of screamed at me this week. After seeing this piece of her poem, I had to go back to Exodus and remind myself of God’s instruction to Moses.

Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” -Exodus 3:5