God’s glory

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…)