August 31, 2014
Matthew 16:21-28
Romans 12:9-21
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c


Take Off Your Shoes
Proper 17 | OT 22

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C. David McKirachan
Contents
"Take Off Your Shoes" by C. David McKirachan
"Tea and Crumpets" by C. David McKirachan
"Final Instructions" by Sandra Herrmann


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Take Off Your Shoes
by C. David McKirachan
Exodus 3:1-15

Being a preacher's kid, I was taught that anywhere we lived had to do with my father's job, not home. Home was the family. The dedication to my father's book, Older than Eden, was "To Ked, with whom is home." The place was irrelevant. The gathering of the family made us what we were. That's handy if you move every few years. We happened to be living in another place, and further, a place that God called us to be, not our hometown.

But there was a place that did not change, a place that belonged to us. A place where I wasn't the preacher's kid, I was David, one of the bunch that did not come and go. We had a house on Long Beach Island, a populated sandbar a few miles off the coast of New Jersey. Most of the summer renters occupied the house, but even then they walked in and out the front door under a sign that said "The Mac's." And those people only stayed for a week or two. When we arrived the neighborhood knew that "The Mac's" had arrived in all their glory. At least that's the way it felt.

One of the things we did when we got there was take off our shoes at the door. They were then carried up to our closets. When we came in from the beach, sailing, or terrorizing the neighbors, we washed our feet out back. It was custom, it was practical, and it saved the floors. But in my young mind, it was a sign that we were home. This place was different; it was where we belonged, as much as the seagulls and the blue crabs. This was our environment, and that house was the center of it all. It was special, set aside for us. It was as Tillich said, our "ground of being."... >>Click here for the full installment.


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