THIS IS THE VERY FIRST ENTRY ... Left at the top to explain the title. A new blog. Fresh perspectives. Why the name, “Muddy Shoes”? First, it has been said that we should never talk about someone unless we have walked a mile in their shoes. We should try to see the world from their… Continue reading Why the name, “Muddy Shoes”?
Once upon a time, there was a little boy. Though born into a household with ordinary parents, this was no ordinary little boy. He is destined for greatness and glory. This little boy’s story all started like many stories, with a love between a man and woman. And this man, a nomadic cleric, and woman,… Continue reading Once Upon a Time … Four Quests
The days of my child running into his mother’s arms and jumping into her lap are over. It would be a little painful, awkward, and well, creepy for a 29 year old to be coddled in such a way. No Norman Bates in this household. We have passed the duty and joy of coddling and… Continue reading Into the Loving Arms
Imagine this person’s story if you will ... My life had been anything but easy. My mother died when I was young. My father had abused me. I grew up starving for attention - and I realized men would give me that attention if I gave them what they wanted. These choices, this lifestyle, was… Continue reading A Broken Life Finds Hope
The neighborhood was rough and crime in the area was real. So the church took safety precautions. During services, the doors would be shut and locked preventing any kind of entry. An usher would remain on the outside to observe and stand watch. But what happened next was not what you expect. Read the article… Continue reading Enemies at the Gate
The world is in the middle of a Quarantine culture. And I am so glad that we have begun to phase back in to normalcy. Yesterday, we worshipped at church - and we were inside for the first time in two months. It was a blessing. But, it was different. Less than a fifth of… Continue reading Kids Belong in Church
We are getting ready to open our doors for worship again. It’s been almost two months since we’ve been inside to worship together. Oh we’ve done the drive-ins, online, streaming .... but not together in the sanctuary. The Ascent Psalms are part of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Torah gives several feasts, festivals, and fasts.… Continue reading Worship … Taking In the Sights and Sounds
Did you ever have those days you just didn’t want to get out of bed? Days you didn’t want to go to school or work? Even when you were working from home, you wanted to call in sick? I remember playing sick to get out of school, once or twice. I even put the thermometer… Continue reading Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go