Friday, May 19, 2006

Put off thy shoes from off thy feet

Exodus 3:4-5
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Moses was asked to remove his shoes to show reverence for the place where he stood. Do you revere and respect your host’s home? It may not be holy ground, per se, but how better can you show respect than by removing your shoes at the door? As a host or hostess is it too much to ask your guests to respect your home? I do not believe so. Let us show respect for each other’s homes and take off our shoes.

12 comments:

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Indeed, it is so important to respect other peoples' homes.

In places where people remove their shoes in places of worship, it is usually customary to remove shoes in homes as well.

Great post, Angie.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thanks, Matthew.

Redeemed said...

Good post, Angie.

I certainly agree. Removing shoes at the door shows great respect to your host/hostess.

Redeemed said...

Oh guys, I went to have lunch at my Portuguese friends' house after the morning service today and I thought of you two!

She has a little basket at the door with some slippers that you get to pick. You remove your shoes at the door and slip into a pair of slippers. How neat!!!!

The IBEX Scribe said...

Sarah, is that common practice in Portugal? Is she the lady you spoke about last night?

I am glad to hear it. As you will notice in the picture I posted on my blog, I was quite barefoot. No slippers for me today. :)

Redeemed said...

lol, I noticed you were barefoot, I thought that was cute!

Yes, that is the same lady I spoke about last night - she's such a blssing. I would love to introduce you to her should you ever visit (hint, hint).

I am not aware it is common practice in Portugal, but I could ask. It is somewhat of a common practice in Montreal though.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, as far as I know, removing shoes is not the norm in Portugal. It is only in Scandinavia, Austria and Eastern Europe where shoes-off is customary in Europe.

Angie, slippers are not much fun in warm weather. I go barefoot indoors when I am wearing shorts.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

The weather here is hardly warm. It was down into the 30s again last night, with a "feels like" temperature below freezing. My landlord keeps the thermostat turned up, however, so it still stays warm inside regardless of what it is like outside. :)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Being warm inside is the main thing, I suppose.

Redeemed said...

I will ask either way, just to satisfy my curiosity.

It has not been warm here either, but it seems like we will have a much nicer week thank what we did this previous one. We've had a record of 11 (or is it 12) days in a row of nothing but rain.

It has not been summerish for the East Coast.

The IBEX Scribe said...

No, although Southern California hasn't been having warm weather at all, and that is most unusual! Maybe it's just a cool spring. I am looking forward to the promised warmer weather here for the rest of the week. I am not sure if it has rained every day, but if it hasn't it has rained almost every day for about the same amount of time.

Quote for the day: "Canadians are nice people who put up with way too much cold weather." ;)

Redeemed said...

I like that, haha, lol, I will use this saying!