Shoes: A True Gift
In Matthew 25:36 the Lord said â€œI needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.â€
The above passage commands us to help those who are in needâ€¦it is easy to forget that there are others who miss out on some pleasures many of us take for granted. For instance, when I last visited Guatemala, I saw for myself that there were a striking number of children in Barrio La Cruz who did not have shoes that fit or that were in such disrepair as to be almost useless. In one case the child of about 9 years had a pair of shoes where both soles had become 3/4ths detached, yet somehow he was able to hike up a very steep trail for over 4 miles round trip without showing any sign of discomfort.
Studies show that properly fitting shoes in serviceable condition can enhance self confidence in children and aid in their proper development and growth. Across the globe, it continues to be difficult for struggling families to cover basic needs, making the holidays a time of stress instead of a celebration with family. For many families, the need for a new pair of shoes is a fun, quick trip to the store. But for others it is a financial burden and an impossible expense. One very generous couple has chosen to helpâ€¦Jon and Kathy Abbott of Centreville, Maryland donated 20 pairs of boys and girls shoes of various sizes and styles. Paso a Paso Missions and its many supporters and donors have come together in this season of giving to help as many children as possible to experience the simple joy of a shoe-shopping trip and new pair of shoes.
While Matthew 25:36 commands us to help those in need, Matthew 25:40 tells us we have also done the same for our LORD: 40 â€œThe King will reply, â€˜Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.â€™
Shoes: A True Gift