Today is National Shoe the World Day. Can you imagine not having any shoes? You may think it’s cool to run around your neighborhood barefoot, but what if you had to walk to school barefoot? Or play soccer with no shoes? Think about in the middle of summer when it’s so hot? Or the cold of winter? About 500 million people go without shoes around the world every year. You can donate gently-used shoes to help.
In a few stories in the Bible, God tells people to take off their shoes. When God’s presence is near, the ground becomes Holy. It’s a sign of respect to remove shoes when coming to holy ground. We approach God with humility, respect, honor and awe.
When Moses saw the burning bush, God told him:
5 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 (ERV)
Dear Lord, teach me how to worship you humbly, respectfully, with honor and awe. You are worthy. Amen.